First you may ask from the title of this post: What is MRTT? It stands for “Moms Run This Town” cute name huh? It is a local running group (local meaning their are TONS of local groups across the country!) to run with other moms and get support and it is free and easy to join. I have been a member of the Facebook group for almost 3 years but really only participated virtually. If interested check out their website here: Moms Run This Town
So anyway, I did something I have been avoiding for a while. I finally broke out of my comfort zone and got up and met the local moms that run in the early am. 5AM-START. I am NOT a morning person and feel that anything before 6 am is still the middle of the night! But since it was Saturday it was at 6am so I figured it was as good of a time as any.
I was apprehensive because I didn’t know many in the group and I didn’t want to slow anyone down or be the super slow poke. So I am not gonna lie I stressed about it all evening on Friday night. I stressed about the mileage, the weather, what to wear, to carry a water bottle or not, when to wake up and if I should just bail. And I knew I was being ridiculous but hey that’s me and I am way old enough that I now just own it. I debated on not going and doing my usual solo running because I needed to get some miles in but I really didn’t want to be THAT girl either. So I set my alarm and planned to get up and go. I woke up in time and realized I didn’t know where the park was they were meeting at but I easily googled it and made it there with a few minutes to spare.
I pull in the parking lot and NO cars, I got kinda excited and disappointed all at the same time. I check on the FB page quickly to see if it was cancelled but I just wasn’t far enough in the park. I pulled in and there were 4 ladies ready and waiting. So after a couple minutes of chatting another showed up and off we started.
I only had time to do 5 miles (they planned to do 8) but we did 5 1/2 which was perfect. The pace started REALLY fast for me (close to 8MM!) and I felt good thinking-I can do this but close to 2 miles I realized I was going too fast. I slowed down, then slowed some more. I was thinking, “Augh! My nightmare is coming true-I AM the slowpoke!!!” But these women are amazing in all sincerity AMAZING, 2 of them slowed down and ran with me. We finished with about a 10-10:15 pace which for me is the norm but more importantly I ran with people, I even chatted a bit. So overall it was a success and happy to say getting out of my comfort zone is always good. I will definitely go again and push myself to do the 5am meetup Stay Posted!!! Below the a pic after we ran, I didn’t ask the other Mommas if it was OK to post so just feet 🙂