A lot of blog worthiness has been going on in my world lately.
Last Sunday, I met up with the TrySports Believe/Achieve run club for an easy four miler to recover from my Back to School 5K– and because I missed the Saturday long run and of course, missed my run club friends.
We ran four miles around Park West and had some nice conversations. Park West is a great place to run and is home of the nicest track I’ve ever seen as well as the Mt. Pleasant Track Club. A couple others biked since they already ran a lot of miles that week.
After our run, we headed to Joey Bag A Donuts for coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and donuts- as usual for Sunday (run day!). Joey’s is a local coffee and donut shop that’s been featured on TV and has tons of neat donuts and caffeinated beverages. It’s a fun place to go anytime, but especially after a relaxing Sunday run.
Last Sunday was even better though. We had a party at Joey’s to celebrate Eric’s birthday and street strider marathon. Jim, founder of the Try Sports store and one of the run club leaders, dubbed Eric the only member of the run club on wheels. Due to knee problems, Eric doesn’t run, but he works out on a street strider, which is a little like an elliptical on wheels. It doesn’t have the impact of running but is still a great workout. Through street striding, Eric’s lost weight and gotten into great shape, and he comes out to the group runs to street stride with us runners.
After gradually building up, Eric decided to attempt a 26.2 mile marathon on his street strider for his birthday, finishing up at Joey’s. His wife Carolyn and the kids, the Try Sports gang, and friends and family went all out for the celebration, and we all had a great time. Eric was one of the first people I met when I moved down, and it’s super inspiration that he hasn’t let his knee issues stop him from “striding” toward a healthy lifestyle.
I won’t say Eric’s real age… but the koozies from his party say “40 years to one hundred” so you can do the math :).
Here are some pictures from the birthday party and street strider marathon. Way to go Eric on 26.2!