Tuesday morning I missed my training run.
Just rolled over and slept right through it.
All day I beat myself up.
“It’s only week two and you’re already skipping runs?”
I kept staring at the 20 week training calendar I’ve created in Google Docs and wishing I could make the little square aqua green indicating I’d done my 3 mile easy run for the day.
So I enlisted help.
When I got home from work my husband was ready to run. We packed up the dog and headed down to the OKC river trails to do a quick 3 miles out and back from the boat houses to Walker Ave.
It wasn’t too hot. The run seemed to fly by and when we were walking back to our car we passed a joyous group of runners who were having a pot luck.
Beer was forced into our hands, cookies, watermelon and an amazing upside-down German chocolate cake. We met fellow runners, talked about training, sports, dogs and Oklahoma City. We sat and watched the evening rowing teams come in off the river.
Turns out this informal club meets every Tuesday night under the bridge between the two boat houses for a group run and a potluck after work. We were encouraged to come back. Not a hard sell. It actually fits perfectly into my spring training schedule that I’ve just begun to get ready for the half marathon in Tulsa in November.
It was perhaps the most fortuitous missed workout ever!
Next time I’ll know to bring snacks to share and that I can sleep in on Tuesdays without a twinge of guilt.
For more information about the group check out: http://riversportokc.org/run-cycle/novice