Skyline Challenge 50K

Wish Dave F and Cindy good luck!

Running on Envy: How I came to make a Running Start

I’d be lying if I said vanity wasn’t a factor in my decision to become a runner. In fact, it was THE ONLY factor. I’d see them plodding along in sub zero temperatures, oblivious to the weather and everyone else around them,  and I’d think to myself, from my cozy post on high, usually with snack in hand, shaking my head and thinking “IDIOTS!”

But deep down I envied them. You’ve seen them. Sturdy legs. Strong thighs. RIDICULOUSLY flat stomachs. What’s not to envy? But I was married to my sedentary lifestyle of snack cakes, soda and reality TV. We all have our crosses to bear, this was mine.

And then it happened…I went to buy a dress.

Spare me the agony of telling you what that experience was like. But let me say this, I QUICKLY came to terms with the fact that I am a “woman of a certain age” and my body just doesn’t respond as well as it once did, to the not-so-occasional Ho Ho and Dr. Pepper. In fact, I had developed quite the paunch over that last few years and before I would even THINK of buying a bigger size,  something had to be done. And soon!

I knew I needed to exercise. However, joining a gym was COMPLETELY out of the question. I have been a ghost member of at least 4 gyms in the last 7 years. That having been said,  in this economy, it definitely needed it to be FREE! Couple that with the fact that, I’m a little light on stick-to-itivness, especially if it’s fueled by self motivation (Did I mention the ghost memberships?). I ‘m not REALLY going to give myself the stink eye if I don’t workout, now am I? So it definitely needed to be in a group setting.

And then it hit me! Why not be a runner?

It fit the criteria:
1. It was indeed exercise.
2. I did not need to take place in a gym.
3. It was completely free. (sort of)
4. ???
Well almost fit the criteria. At this stage I absolutely needed a group. Someone to show me how it was done. Someone to motivate me and push me, and give me the stink eye when I needed it. Someone to make sure that I was in that dress! Ugh… I… mean running! 🙂

Enter Running Start!

So here I am, off the couch sans snack cake and Dr. Pepper, with a very small dress buried deep in the back of my closet, ready to be transformed.

3rd Annual 5K Walk/Run To End Domestic Violence

This is not a PGRC race, but is directed by PGRC member Steve Coles.  Steve says, “Please help support a worthy cause.  This is the 3rd Annual 5K Walk/Run held at Fort Washington to support the Prince George’s County Office on Domestic Violence.”

Fort Washington Park, Maryland 

8 am, May 16 2009 

Registration $25.00

Register online at or

Running Start record registration

We filled up sooner than expected for this year’s Running Start- with a record 78 people registered by Saturday morning.   Good luck to all of this year’s participants.   Two of the new Running Start participants have agreed to share their experiences on this blog so check this site periodically to see how they are progressing.

Interesting Article on running shoes vs. barefoot

(This was recently posted on the pgrunner yahoogroup.  Let’s continue any further discussion here on the blog.  – Cindy)

Not planning on giving up my shoes since, as the article concludes, I’m already a heel striker but it’s interesting to see how feet develop when you run barefoot while you’re younger.


The “other race” results

While most of PGRC was out volunteering and/or running Springburst, a few members opted to run the popular Azalea Classic 5K.  Next year, we’ll try to schedule so that the races aren’t on the same day.   Here are results of PGRC’ers at Azalea Classic.  And to all of those Prince George’s County runners at Azalea Classic who are not PGRC members, we invite you to come check us out!

43   8/39      67 Elliott Hamilton         M 48 Hyattsville MD     22:39   7:18

69   3/21      90 Monica Lewis             F 32 University Park MD 24:49   8:00

114  21/32      66 Linus Hamilton           M 14 Hyattsville MD     27:56   9:00

Running Start begins this Saturday

Join PGRC starting this Saturday for the Running Start Program.   Registration is still open.  There are currently 41 people registered, ranging in age from 20 to 61, but adults of all ages are welcome.  First time runners are welcome as well as veteran runners who haven’t been active and want to get back into form.  The program fee is only $15 plus PGRC club membership fee, and includes entry into PGRC’s 5K race on August 29, and a Running Start technical t-shirt.

Photos from last years Running Start program.

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