Monday, June 6, 2011

my freakishly amazing posse ...

I know I have mentioned it before, but I have the most kick a** group of running friends. We are all borderline insane and would do pretty much anything to ensure that we all get our run in. Schedule changes. Multiple loops. Early start times. Late start times. Fast paces. Slow paces. We do what needs to get done. And we support each other, no matter how off the wall the plan may be.

Last Monday, I was still unsure about my running. I was feeling good after my one-armed 5K, but I was hesitant to rejoin the posse for a run - for multiple reasons, including the fact that I didn't know if I could keep up for 4 miles. If my arm would make it. Or if my lungs would make it, for that matter. So, instead of jumping right in, I did a four mile treadmill run to see where I stood.

I basically crushed it. 38 minutes. No sling.

Then on Thursday morning, I decided to meet everyone for a run (after ensuring that G would not leave me, no matter what). The run went well. G and I fell back from the group, but I was feeling good enough to run five miles.

That afternoon, emails started flying about the weekend's long run. I immediately knew that I was out for two reasons.

1. J was out of town, meaning I had 3 kids to worry about.
2. There was no way I could make it 10 miles.

No biggie. I wasn't really concerned. I replied to the conversation, saying that I wish I could make it but J was out of town and there was NO WAY I could push all three girls in the stroller (the shoulder's strong, but not that strong). Within seconds, G and SpeeDee (who had never pushed a stroller before) were throwing around ideas of how everyone else could push my kids in the stroller so that I could join them for five miles.

I'm thinking, "This is insanity. Do they realize how much my children weigh? Or how hard it is to run with a stroller if you've never done it before?"

They didn't care. Three single strollers had been secured. The route had been changed to accommodate a five mile pick up.

Game on.

The girls and I arrived and got them settled in the strollers (Yes, I realize that Dizzle is WAY TOO BIG for that stroller).

A few minutes later, the rest of the crew arrived (they ran five miles before we got there). We did a quick stroller run-down and headed out. Since everyone else was doing the hard work, I dropped back and snapped some pictures.

And then jumped in one myself.

Then ran ahead and took a few more.

It was so much fun. A freakishly awesome run with freakishly awesome friends.

I am beyond lucky.

35 comments:

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

that is so AWESOME! What great friends!

Beth said...

AWESOME!!

MCM Mama said...

Yet another reason I wish I lived closer to you guys. So very jealous of your awesome running buds.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

That's pretty awesome! Glad it all worked out!

fancy nancy said...

What amazing friends!!! You certainly are blessed!

Running Ricig said...

you really do have an amazing group of running friends! Sounds like a great day!!

I'm wondering if I could fit in that stroller Dizzle is in. Might be a fun ride :)

ltlindian said...

You are super lucky for sure! I'm not sure I could find
A. even 5 friends that run
B. any of the above that live within a 60 mile radius of me
C. anyone at all that had a jog stroller, let alone 3!

Thankfully, my kids are all big enough to run themselves. :)

Jesser said...

LOVE this! Totally makes me smile. I'm not sure my posse's quite this extreme, but we're sure loyal and dedicated.

Anne said...

Indeed! Those are fantastic friends you have :)

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

that is a great display of some true friendships!

MotherRunner said...

What an awesome group!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

You are so very lucky. Your oldest was a great sport too--

SupermomE12 said...

Great friends and great kids!!! I would LOVE to have a running group to run with, although my BF runs with me most days and is awesome. I am so glad you are feeling so good and doing so well! You rock. :)

Runners Fuel said...

That is so great!!

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Kayla said...

That is awesome! What great friends!

Stacie said...

That's awesome!!! I can't even get someone to run with me by myself, let alone with strollers and kiddos :) Too cool.

Tricia said...

super awesome!

Colleen said...

What an amazing group of friends! :)

Katie said...

ok, this is awesome, but when you posted it on twitter i thought it was one stroller with 3 kids in it. this is better. :)

Jen said...

What a great running crew you have!

Kristi said...

Those are some awesome friends!

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

What an awesome, loving, and straight up crazy group of friends. I am majorly jealous.

Marlene said...

Ohmigosh look at Dizzle! What a good sport.


You can't buy friends like that!

Kortni said...

What awesome friends! You are quite blessed!!

Char said...

That is just so lovely. And I bet the kids had fun too.

Jess's Journey to the Land Of Skinny said...

What great friends and a fun run! Stroller running should be a sport! It is so hard. We took the kids for a run last Monday and it was so much harder then I thought it would be! Congrats on getting back into it and here's to having it be better then ever!

ajh said...

You DO have good friends! What a great story.

MomRunningFromCancer said...

Looks like you have quite the wonderful friends!

Running Moose said...

That's awesome! Isn't it great having friends like that?

Runwithme said...

That's impressive!

Carly said...

They ran 5 miles. And then pushed your kids? That's love right there!

cql said...

You do have awesome friends!! I'd push a stroller to run with ya with Dilly in it....

Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS said...

What cute pics!
And yes, you are lucky :)

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Um, yeah, I would say they are definitely freakishly amazing. ;-) That is some serious friendship and dedication... almost tempts me to move to Richmond, but then I remember that I couldn't keep up anyhow!!!