Thursday, March 13, 2008

7 at 7

Mile 1330, Chandler, AZ - Many of you read Runner's World. You may have read about the small running club, 2 members, that run in NYC. They named their club 7 at 7, because they run at 7 am for 7 miles, sometimes. It may have reminded you of our little club here in Arizona - the Tumbleweed Running Club. When I started running, I never would have thought that I would enjoy running with others. When I joined 'Team in Training' I never really got into running with anyone specific. At that time I thought I would run alone forever.

Then, someone read my blog. Which is amazing in itself. Her name was Karen and she was looking for running buddies here in chandler, AZ. I suggested she contact Lisa. Lisa was a local runner I had met thru my blog and at the New Times 5k, way back when.

If my memory serves me right, they started running together and then invited me. We met one Saturday morning to run the canal at Tumbleweed Park. 2.5 miles to the gas station and back. It wasn't fast, but it was fun. Finally, I found runners that I enjoyed running with. Now, we run off and on and we run 5-12 miles at a time.

Of late, I've been nursing one injury after another and haven't run with the girls as much. I miss it and I often feel bad that I don't get to run with them. Sorry, gals.

Well, last night in honor of our running brethren in NYC, I did a 7 at 7. Just around 7 pm I ran 7 miles and then ran 1.11 miles more. I got to run thru Andersen Springs, a nice community with a sidewalk down the middle past the lake to Arrowhead Park. Arrowhead is the park Lisa did her first triathlon at. I then headed east on Ray, north on Alma School and west on Warner. Did a few laps around the middle school track and ran a bit on the baseball field. There's something about being on a baseball diamond, even if it's empty. A little league team was practicing on the adjoining field and I got to hear the thwack of the bat.

That makes 7 miles on Monday and 8.11 miles on Wednesday. My abdomen still hurts, which slows me down. But, each day it gets better.


Jeff said...

Pat -- that's a great story.

Way to go on the two runs. Looks like Tumbleweed will run again soon!

Dan Seifring said...

Nice job with the Run and the Writing.

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

I agree about seeing the Little Leaguers. I love running past the field up the street from my house and seeing the little guys learning the game. Pretty soon, I'll be doing the same for my boys.

J~Mom said...

Nope, you got that story all wrong. Just kidding, I don't remember the exact details. I just remember having a ton of fun! :>)

Irene said...

I've met some great people through blogging, and I hope to meet more. One introduced me to the track club I now belong to. Up until I joined the track club, I ran alone. Nice going on the 7's.

Take care.

Darrell said...

Cool post, glad that each day is getting better.

Cheryl said...

It's great to go along on one of your runs. I love the descriptive language and the maps you post. Way to go on your last two runs! Hope your injuries all heal quickly and you can get back to running with the girls soon.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Ahhh you miss your girls. Who can blame you, really?

Great running. I'm hoping for full health and recovery for you!!

Take care.