Ok, let’s start with the obvious. Who starts a run club in the middle of a pandemic? Oh, and in the middle of winter?
I admit…it’s a little unconventional, but isn’t everything right now?
Let’s be honest…the year 2020 has been pretty freaking awful. That may be one of the few things we can all agree on. Everyone has come face to face with obstacles and challenges in their lives and many of those can seem insurmountable.
Running has its own sets of challenges; stamina, blisters, bad weather, monotony, motivation, etc. Learning to cope with and overcome these obstacles can lead to inspirational outcomes that transcend running to positively impact the lives of ourselves and others.
I think we all could use a little more positivity in the world right now. Am I right or am I right?
Have you ever spent time at the finish of a race? It doesn’t matter the distance (5K, 10K, marathon, ultramarathons, etc), the sight is the same. Runners of all shapes, sizes, and ability levels crossing the finish line. For many, that brings a smile to their face, for some…relief, and others…tears. But for all, it is an achievement that took some level of determination and perseverance to reach.
Those moments of achievement are tough to come by in life, especially with 2020 socking it to us, but so special when realized. Whether they come from running across a finish line, walking across a virtual graduation stage, or reaching another goal, these moments inspire us to dream bigger and go farther.
Sharing the Experience
Running is often a solo affair. For me, that means hours and hours on my feet listening to podcasts or music while I log slow, but steady miles on various loops around Raleigh. Although I’ve been fortunate to take on a number of races and challenges over the past 6 years, they have all been individual events.
Through the East Street Run Club, I am excited to share the momentous moments that running can provide with others and build a community that inspires and motivates each other to achieve anything…in running and in life.
I firmly believe that we each have the ability to achieve anything that we set our minds to. Running provides a great test for that concept and metaphor for other obstacles life puts in our path. Regardless of what we look like, how much we weigh, our height, our age, our athletic talents (or lack thereof), or our economic means, most of us have the ability to put one foot in front of another for some period of time.
Whether you are just getting into running as a safer workout alternative during COVID-19, you are training for an upcoming race, or you are looking for some motivation or post-run drinks, the East Street Run Club is for you. Let’s see what we can achieve together.
We must take this pandemic seriously to keep each other healthy and save lives. Running outdoors may be a safer alternative to other exercise options during this time and we are committed to following all state and local safety guidelines to provide an opportunity for the run club to meet for as long as safety guidelines allow.
Below are specific measures we are taking to keep everyone safe:
- Anyone who is sick, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone who has or may have COVID-19 should stay home
- Face coverings are required at all times at the check-in area and while at Current Wellness, unless actively eating or drinking
- Runners may check-in and start their runs anytime between 5:30-6:30pm to help stagger runners on the routes
- Check in will be contact-free using QR codes
- Hand sanitizer will be available at the check in table
- High touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly
- Runners should keep a minimum of 6 feet physical distance from others at all times, unless part of the same household
- Attendees must follow all safety guidelines of Current Wellness
The East Street Run Club will have its first weekly run on Wednesday, December 9. Runners can check in and start their runs anytime between 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Current Wellness (219 S. East St., Raleigh, NC 27601). Join the club’s Facebook group for more updates!