- It was sponsored by Fleet Feet Tucson, voted one of the "The 50 Best Running Stores in America" for each of the past five years. They are one of two shops that I have visited since I started this clydesdale project.
- The co-sponsor of the event was Brooks Shoes and they brought their double-decker bus that is on tour for their Run Happy campaign. Coming to a running store near you.
- The giveaway event thing started at 3pm and the run was to start at 5pm. Two miles or four. I was doing two.
- Anyway, good times and they had some giveaways. I bought a few things: a light that clips onto my reflective Road ID running hat, so now I can see better when I run at night...and I also got some little pouch/belt thing so I won't have to wear my dorky fanny-pack on my long runs.
- Aside from a 5K that I ran in September, I have not run with other people...ever. Even at that 5K, I didn't know anyone. I was just near other people. Tonight would be my second time running around other runners, eventhough I didn't know a soul at the event.
Every once in awhile, an employee would delicately approach me, like I was a lost kid, looking for my mom. "You doin' okay? Do you need anything?" Eventually one of them said "are you thinking about going on the run with us? Or...you could WALK it????"
I smiled and said "I'm running". They smiled (nervously) and walked away. Maybe they went to look for the cpr kit.
As more runners arrived and started stretching and preparing for the run, I felt very out of place. Like I should have been volunteering to stay back and keep an eye on their coats and purses, while they went on the run.
It was a two-mile run and I wanted to get a PR. For me that would mean coming in under a 10:22 pace/mile.