Running in packs

I started running again a few weeks ago, but this time I’m not alone. I’m doing the “Couch to 5K” program with members of our homeschooling coop.

I never knew running could be so much fun.

It’s different to run with a group or a buddy. I have a friend who has said this before, but I’ve never had the luxury of finding someone who wants to run at my pace or my (short) distance. But every Monday, a group of us run and walk (and sometimes shuffle) around the big church where we meet. Midweek, a smaller group often meets at the local playground to run as well.

Moms, some pushing strollers, and kids, from the wee four year olds (who sprint until they are out of breath—stop—and sprint again), to the tweens who either walk (too cool to get sweaty?) or fly by me with a grin as I huff and puff and blow nothing down.

And then this past Friday, I ran alone with Jilly, my eight year old. She is adorable to run with: Chatty, funny, determined. And though I was ever her mother (“Stay to the side of the road”, ” Watch out for those rocks”), I was also her running partner and it made me realize how quickly she is growing up, quite literally running away from me.

But I’ll never be too far behind.

Have you completed the Couch to 5K program? We’re on Week 5, doing a 5K on Memorial Day!


  1. Shannon says


  2. Good for you! I'd have trouble running even if chased. (I blame it on my knees, I have the knees of a 90 year old…)

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  3. You just nailed the final nail in my determination to get running. Cruddy knees or not. I'm going to see my surgeon.

    {And Shannon too 😉 }

  4. You are amazing. Good for you!

  5. Sarahviz says

    Can't wait for us to run a race!

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