They started arriving at 8:45 am. The door was open, and they just kept coming in wearing running shoes, pants and jackets. It was a chilly New Years Day, but the sun was out and it was a good morning to run if you dressed appropriately. Most were also carrying donuts, pastries, or other breakfast items for after the run.
It's a great way to start the new year, and it's become a great tradition of mine since moving to Elmhurst 7 years ago. Running is such an important part of my life and the lives of so many other friends, there is no better way to start the new year than with a run combined with a chance to get together with other runners. The food is a nice addition as well!
And since I was hosting the runners at my home, I didn't even have to drive. Although I did have to spend a couple days of my holiday vacation cleaning the house!
The New Year's day run is one my favorite activities with the Elmhurst running club. So when I heard no one had volunteered to host it a few weeks ago, I quickly offered. I wanted to make sure it was going to happen somewhere.
The tradition is for runners in the club to meet at someone's house at 9am on New Year's day. This insures that most will be relatively well behaved the night before, on New Year's eve.
We then run an easy 3 or 4 mile course as a group before heading back to get some breakfast treats, coffee, juice, and perhaps even a bloody mary. It's not a race, and the 7 minute/mile runners usually hang with the 10 minute/milers on this morning. It's a social run. The serious training for the new year will begin later, but on this day it's all about celebrating our love for running and being blessed to enjoy it for the start of another year.
I felt pretty blessed just to be able to join in for the run. I haven't run for nearly a month, while I try to let my plantar faciitis settle down. So I probably shouldn't have been out there, but I couldn't resist. I miss it too much.
Afterward, my foot was in pain, but I was just happy to lace up the running shoes and get to share the morning with friends doing the sport we love.
So here's to a great year of running ahead. Happy 2015!!!