When my friend Kim Hurst showed up at the Boston Strong Long Island run, I was so happy. Along with 30 + runners, Kim came out to show support of the recent tragedy that happened in Boston. That’s what this running community is all about, camaraderie. We may be competitive, we may have individual goals, but at the end of the day, we come together.
Kim approached me after the run and invited me to a special intimate event hosted by Lululemon Athletica Manhasset. She described it to me as the perfect event. A little bit of yoga for runners, a round robin meet and greet with other local runners, and then a bit of introduction to the latest running attire. I checked the calendar and when I saw I was free, gladly accepted. Always looking to meet new people with similar goals and mindset.
The night began with a wonderful stretching and relaxing yoga class. Afterwards, we put our mats together in a circle and got to know each other from a runner’s history perspective as well as what races we had lined up for the near future. Stories were told that included long distance racing such as Debbie Blair and her recent Big Sur Marathon accomplishment, as well as obstacle races, Ironman events and other distance triathlons. It was such a nice evening to hear the passion, inspiration and knowledge from the local Long Island running community. The goals were high for everyone including one runner who inspired to do the Disney Marathon then “Goofy” (aka the Disney half marathon one day and the full marathon the next) the following year.
After the fireside chat, Kim surprised us all with $100 gift certificates for each of us to spend in the store. With glee, we filled up the dressing rooms with mounts of clothes, trying on tops, tanks, shorts, and running cropped pants. As we came out of the dressing room with big grins to get other people’s opinions, it was becoming clear that the night was pure fun.
It was a night out to celebrate the joys of running and the joy of being a fellow runner. Would love to stay connected, see you at the races!