I’ve never been one to be part of groups. As an Ombudsman I know that spouses need them for many reasons I, personally, was never into them. I’m introverted by nature and so group settings make me uncomfortable and talking to new people is hard for me.
One day I stumbled upon a flyer for a running club, I didn’t know what to do. I saw the flyer hanging there above my mailbox and for some reason knew that I had to advertise for them. This is what our base had been missing, well…. every base I had been to. A FREE running club for mother runners? Perfect! But, me? Nah… I run alone; I like the time to myself. Little did I know those two women were going to change my thinking!
That day I saw the flyer I pulled one of the tabs and eagerly emailed them. I couldn’t wait to hear more and let my spouses know. How much more perfect could this group get? The day they launched their first run I showed up and introduced myself and told them I might join them after my next race (in two months). I knew in my mind it wouldn’t happen. But, they kept at me…. Every time I ran into one of them at school (our kids were in the same grade) she would encourage me to come. “Come on! It’ll be fun! No one will care who you are.” I’d smile and say, “Maybe”.
Fast forward two months and the worst race to date for me. I ran a hot weather race in Millington, TN and let’s just say it didn’t end well. On the way home to New Orleans I thought long and hard about how to get past this experience. The lightbulb went on! I was going to do another warm weather race and these two ladies and their running club, with it’s 8:30am start time in S.E. La, were going to help me do it! I was going to join them once a week and learn to run in the heat. That day in June 2011 changed my life forever!!!
What’s this group you ask? It’s Stroller Warriors(TM)…… They are military wives, they are mothers, they are runners! They are the most amazing group of women and I’m so happy that those two ladies didn’t give up on me. You see, I’m continuing the mission that Stepahnie Geraghty, Marine Corpse Spouse of the Year 2012, dreamed up in 2010. I’m bringing that mission here to Hawaii. I’m bringing the support, encouragement, companionship, loyalty and most importantly FRIENDSHIP!
Stroller Warriors New Orleans will forever have a special place in my heart. They are the group that changed my view on clubs and groups. I’m a changed woman and for the better. Having running buddies is the way to go and I’ll never insist on running alone again.