It was clearly meant to be that we would join Scores Running Club. In the temporary house my company placed us in when we first rolled into town, we found ourselves living on the Clarence Demar marathon route – right about mile 13.1. How appropriate. Towards the end of a particularly hard run one day, I bumped into and hung onto Susanne and Brian (part of Score's). That run ended on such a good note and punctuated my decision to join this club.
Since that day, I’ve joined a number of group runs; on roads, on trails, dressed like Robin Hood (for Halloween of course), and soon to dress in an ugly sweater as part of a fun run/food drive for the Keene Community Kitchen. Runs can end with pancakes, with beers, or just a high five. But they always end with encouragement, positivity, and camaraderie.
Today’s run had six of us traipsing through the trails for a couple of hours, enjoying a day that found a few of us peeling off layers (not me of course). We found lots of hills – both ups and downs – and some dizzying switchbacks:
Post run, we grabbed a seat at Brewbaker’s for some coffee, hot cocoa, muffins, quiche….all well-deserved! Food and company thoroughly enjoyed.
I’ve run solo. I’ve run with others. This is the first time I’ve joined a club. Not only has it been great to have others to run with, it’s been the perfect way to meet people and get involved in our new community. Let’s face it, runners are just naturally awesome. Meeting like-minded, fun, and really nice people in your new town is also awesome. Adding those like-minded, fun, and really nice people to your already awesome tribe….priceless.