WOW you guys!
Before I talk about the Cool Kids – and no I’m not talking about me because as we all know I’m a giant dork – I just want to thank everyone for the comments on the fall race post. Along with all the blogs I already know and love, quite a few new ones popped up that I’m really going to enjoy following and PLUS I found out that quite a few awesome people are going to be on pretty much the same training schedule as I am!
It filled my heart with joy that everyone seemed to think that I had a good idea and I loved all the enthusiasm that ensued and even some people realizing that they are running the same races which is exactly what I hoped would happen. (A couple of people are even running in Amsterdam!? WHAT!? Color me jealous.) I’ve made a blogroll/directory of links, organized by race/race date so that it will be easy for people to find other blogs by people who are on the same training schedule as they are. It can be found here (or like…if you just direct your eyes to the nav bar). There will possibly some future linkups too if I can figure out the logistics of all that.
If you missed the post yesterday and want to be added into the blogroll, let me know in the comments or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
So. On to the Cool Kids.
Once upon a time I was browsing around the Internet looking at upcoming races. So like…basically every day of my life.
Really though I first came across the Cool Kids Campaign name last year when their running festival event popped up in an online search, but I wasn’t able to attend the race. Then more recently I heard the name again when a friend of mine mentioned it in a conversation. I decided to do a little more research into it and found that Cool Kids is really an outstanding organization. Their mission is to improve the lives of pediatric oncology patients and their loved ones and they have a variety of programs in place that make that happen every day.
One of their events is the running festival that I just mentioned, which is coming up at the end of this month and this time I don’t have anything else on the schedule to keep me from participating! I emailed over to Cool Kids Campaign and a great conversation ensued with their Community Relations Coordinator in which I received a whole bunch of helpful info on the upcoming festival to pass along to the Moms RUN This Town chapter I recently started in my area (Baltimore County North represent!) And then I was told that they have a running group that meets at a local college – which just so happens to be the one where I ran this 5K – at a time when I am actually free to meet for such things. This, like, NEVER happens.
I’ve never run with other people before outside of an actual race, but I’ve read so many wonderful stories on your blogs about running group fun and these stories were what led me to start up the MRTT chapter and get more involved with other groups in my area. I decided to put aside all my silly “omg what if they don’t like me!?” fears and brave rush hour traffic yesterday to go check it out.
I’m so glad I did.
I’m sitting here trying to mentally count everyone who was there, but I’m terrible at math so I’ll say “a handful” (“bigger than a breadbox?”) of people showed up for the run and even a couple of cute dogs! I was told that the largest group they have had so far was 15, which seems like a very sizable amount to me. Many of them were children, which was awesome and made me a little sad that I didn’t have Betty with me. Next time I’m going to have to take her in the jogger.
It was a choose your own pace and distance kind of scenario, but we were also playing Russian Roulette with some nasty weather so I figured that would most likely keep things short-ish. You can run on the road or there are even some trails that I had no idea existed and will probably take advantage of in the future. I got in 3 miles in addition to the 6 I had run yesterday morning and it was surprising how easy they felt. Maybe I should pull double workouts more often!
Afterward the awesome gal who organized the group provided icy cold water for us all to drink and we hung around for a bit chatting and grabbing a group photo before we all went our separate ways. All it all it was a very laid back, friendly, fun time and definitely something that I’ll be doing again in the future.
I think people even liked me okay. If you are currently on the fence about wanting to go meet a new running group…JUST GO DO IT. We all know that runners are the nicest people ever and I’m sure you will be welcomed as warmly as I was.
In addition to the Running Festival that they have coming up in a couple weeks, the Cool Kids Campaign is also very involved with the Baltimore Running Festival and last night I made the decision that I was going to register for the marathon as one of their fundraisers. One of my post Potts goals that I set for myself was to use my running for a greater good and I can’t think of a better way to give something back. I’m so excited to get started!
Have you ever raced as a fundraiser before? Tell me all about it!
I hope everyone has a beautiful Thursday!