I’m not a morning person. I can count on the fingers of one hand (heck on the finger on one hand) the number of times I’ve gotten up early to run. But twice a year, I get up stupid early to give back to the running community.
Yep, it’s Girls on the Run race day. For the last three years, I have volunteered as a Start/Finish Line Team Leader for the Girls on the Run NOVA. It’s one of the biggest GOTR races with around 6000 runners, so it’s a pretty big production.
I arrived before 6:00am and runners were already beginning to arrive. My job today? To stand between the first group of girls and the starting chute. Always love a chance to exert my authority! ;o)
In actuality, I have never had such a pleasant set of people at the front. They were extremely polite and I didn’t have a single parent give me attitude about the rules. And watching a bunch of middle aged dads trying to dance “Gangnam style”? Absolutely priceless.
The nearly an hour drive each way + four hours of standing in the cold may mean I miss a training run for the first time this round, but even if it does, it was worth it. (And I’m still hopeful I can find the energy to knock out 3 miles on the treadmill this evening.)
How was your Sunday?