But I like gang better. Makes us sound tough.
Plus, aren't running clubs LIKE gangs?
We meet in groups regularly. We represent by wearing our colors and our logos on everything. We compete against rival gangs. What gang your in is often dependent on what neighborhood you live in. You're wideley recognized in your neighborhood and people move out of your way when they see you coming.
SEE! Running Club = Gang.
Ok, maybe my knowledge on actual gangs is a little slim... And sure, running clubs don't perpetuate violence on anyone except themselves. (Be honest, running is a little masochistic.) But what I lack in knowledge about gangs, I more than make up for in knowledge about running clubs!
But I knew I needed to get back at it. And so I started trying to make it out to one running club near my apartment regularly.
Which lead to me trying to make a second running club regularly...
And now a third.
So yes, I belong to three gangs. And if I had time, I would join more.
On Wednesdays nights, I run with East Nasty, Nashville's most famous and largest running club.
And on Thursdays, I meet with the one clostest to my apartment, South Side.
And I'm so happy to be back running and to have found a reason to run again. Because running clubs are great for a variety of reasons.
Make New Friends
I look forward to my running clubs not just for the running, but for the social aspect of getting out and interacting with some amazing groups of people.
"Sorry, y'all. I got busy eating crap that's not good for me and watching reruns of Law and Order that I'd actually already seen before..."
This is what happens when you skip out on running club. Ok, maybe not exactly. (Although I can't say that particular scenario hasn't occurred... But there is that sense that if you have a set time, location, and people who expect you to show up, it's much easier to make that committment to running. Especially lately in the heat. There are so many evenings where I've thought "UGH. This heat is gonna kill me... Maybe I shouldn't run." But in my mind, I know that there's a group of people who are also dealing with those same thoughts and still showing up and putting on their A-Game and expect me to do the same.
VARIETY - The Spice of Life
East Nasty in particular is great about this and has FOURTEEN different routes! (You can check them out HERE, in the list on the right hand side.) My lovely South Side Runners don't have nearly the same ability to add variety due to their location, but we still mix it up, adding in a hilly route every few weeks and recently adding in some extra mileage options with the opening of a new greenway.
And beyond routes, running with a group of people is dynamic. The runs themselves take on a new life. One week, one of the girls I normally run with wanted to mix in speed work and intervals. Same route as normal, but this time we played with speed, sprinting it out and then taking short walking breaks. Same, but different.
So Tell Me...
You don't have a running club? Why not? Inquiring minds (aka, my mind) want to know!