Friday, July 16, 2010


While my cat lazes around in my bathroom sink all morning in the luxurious air conditioning, I burst into the swell of humidity that's been lingering around Charlotte for far too long now and frolic through the streets. Such has been the theme for the majority of the runs since the cold spell blew onward to other parts of the country, leaving Charlotte in it's typical sweet summer swelter.

These seemingly unbearable temperatures haven't deterred the numbers of runners coming out to our scheduled workouts or easy runs. In fact, it's had the opposite effect. It's quite inspiring to see over 15 people show up at a Thursday Dowd run at 6am. Even though we feel our sweat drip onto each other, stop for water numerous times, and feel like our lungs have been filled up with water, we've suffered more miles over the past couple of weeks than we did together in the spring. I'm not sure if it's a testament to our Club's success in for the 7-8 min runners or if it's just marathon season and lots of people are gearing up for fall races. Regardless, I appreciate the large numbers at the Thursday run.

Meagan and I have been organizing a large group to work out at McAlpine before the sun peaks over the horizon. Flanked with our reliable men, we've created an encouraging group that shares in our individual successes, whether it's a good workout or a fast race. Ideally, I'd like to see this workout group expand to accommodate all paces. For me, starting a workout with a large group of people is especially motivating in getting me excited for the upcoming interval. We're a pretty friendly group!

Off to bed for a race manana.


maryanne said...

Boy, this makes me want to get started training with the 6am tuesday speed group at the SIU track. It is interesting how your numbers have held. Apparently the running industry is one of the few that has seen its sales INcrease, and the number of applicants to half and whole marathons is at an all time high.

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