It was a beautiful sunny afternoon in Denver today, and I snuck outside for a short run. As I pulled on my running tights, I noticed that I had my pair with two tiny holes on the left leg. I smiled at the memories and decided this week's Blogging through the Alphabet post had to be about running.
A few years ago, a group of ladies at our church in Arizona started Couch to 5K training so that we could all run in the Race for the Cure 5K. There were a few friends in our neighborhood that were running but they ran awfully early in the morning. I couldn't bring myself to get out of bed as early as they did so I did the workouts on my own. (I had done Couch to 5K a few years earlier but had gotten out of practice following a knee injury.)
As Winter gave way to Spring and then Summer, I realized that afternoon runs would mean that I was running in the hottest part of the day. I decided that getting up early was really my only option. I joined the other ladies who got up before the crack of dawn to run.
It was the start of a wonderful friendship. We'd run, we'd talk, and then we'd pray together before heading back to our busy days as moms to busy families.
Along the way, we all finished the Race for the Cure and then went on to run in several more races together. Two of us even conquered a half marathon that included a grueling uphill run to the top of A mountain.
As I ran laps around the hospital today in Denver, I thought back fondly about all the early mornings the running girls spent together.
This week is the eighteenth week in our Blogging Through the Alphabet challenge -- letter R. Click the button below for this week's linky. It will open at 9:00 Eastern Time on Monday and stay open through Sunday evening.