Well I'm back from my first run with the "downtown group" and it was pretty good! I had a hard time finding the place, so I was a little later than I wanted to be, but luckily 2 people had hung back for the "stragglers" and there ended up being 5 of us that headed out together. The beginning of the run was very tough, total climb up this mountain of a hill. By the time I got to the top my mouth was soooooooooo dry I could barely swallow, and of course I forgot my gum!! Also leaving with no water was completely stupid on my part, even though no one else had it, I NEED WATER!!!!
The rest of the run was pretty cool, we went across one of the many bridges in Pittsburgh then down the South Side trail, turned around and crossed over a different bridge then back to the meeting place. After the run a lot of people hung around outside, they had pitchers of water and veggie tray. There was some decent socializing, everyone seems really nice and they told me about another group that meets on Thursday nights to run. This will definitely help with getting in the miles during the week.
Overall I ended up getting in 5 miles, it took me WAY too long, but I'm glad I got the miles in! Not bad considering the extreme heat and the fact that my mouth was so dry!!!
Thanks to everybody for the encouragement to give the group a try!!
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