There is a running store less than a mile from my house, but I only recently started visiting there. One reason being, I haven't been running enough to need anything running-wise. But I often forgot about it, because it's tucked into an industrial park.
I'm hoping that over the next few months, they'll get to know me--and I'll get to know them better too! Running community :)
I needed some nutrition for my long run tomorrow (12 miles baby) and my sister-in-law loaned me a belt with water clips, but the bottles were gone so I needed to replace them. I was there a few weeks ago buying Glide and Nuun. I think the girl who helped me last time recognized me.
Lily came with me, and she came in style. She was bedazzled with about 7 stickers from the grocery store and doctor's office today. And she was wearing big girl sunglasses with rhinestones on the side, carrying a doll in a toy dog carrying bag. She instantly attracted their attention (it's a pretty small store, but they know their stuff) and a lot of the employees chatted with her and asked her about her stuff. Lily always has 8,000 questions for what I'm doing too.
I picked up some Gu and Honeystingers as well as the water bottles. It caused me to recall that when I ran my first half marathon in 2006, I had no nutrition with me! I didn't even really know that I was supposed to take in calories during that long of a run. My sister had been to the expo the day before and picked up some Gu, which she introduced me to and shared a few packets with me.
The guy ringing me up was super nice and chatty and asked what my plans for the weekend were--to which I responded, run 12 miles! He asked if I was training for something and for the FIRST time, I was able to say "I'm training for a marathon." We talked more and he said he thought the race I'm registered for is a pretty good one for a first marathon. I guess the half marathon is pretty full, but the marathon doesn't attract as many people. I'm not completely sure why that's good, but I'll take his word for it.
Maybe one day I can meet a running buddy there! I know they have some trail running groups they set up, but so far my schedule hasn't been able to coordinate with their runs.
I can't wait to go back next month because I'm getting new shoes and I need them so bad and I'm excited to try various ones on and see what works best for me. I've been running in Nike's, partially to use my Nike+ but now that I have a Garmin, that's not such a necessity. Who knows what I will end up in.
I wonder if there's a point where I will dread my training runs. So far, they still excite me. Even though I'm running 12 miles on my 2nd long run of the training cycle.
If you are doing a long run tomorrow, I hope you enjoy it too!