Orlando Women Runners Club

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Morning! I am just buzzing with excitement! Ever since I moved to Orlando 2 years ago, I’ve been trying so hard to find a social group I click with, and I think I might’ve found that with the Orlando Women Runners club!

 

The meet-up time was 9 AM (major plus, not too early!) so I ate a full breakfast before leaving.

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I had banana oatmeal with:

 

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: blackberries, almonds, Grape Nuts

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Plus coffee!

 

The Orlando Women Runners (OWR) meet-up was at Lake Baldwin, which is a very beautiful part of Orlando.

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The official meet-up spot was near that red and white cabana on a small pier.  Very cute!

 

I was a little nervous walking up to the group, but they made me feel immediately comfortable.  In total, there was about 40 women of all ages — lots of girls in their mid- to late-twenties (score!) plus some middle-aged ladies and mothers.  One lady was even celebrating her 50th birthday! 

We each had name tags, too, which made it easier to talk to people.  I always struggle to remember names!

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The best thing about the OWR is that the group leader (Wendy) first organized us by distance.  We had a choice to run 1 lap around the lake (2.5 miles), 2 laps around the lake (5.0 miles), or 3 laps (7.5 miles).  I chose the 5.0 mile group. Then, she organized us by pace and set us up with a "buddy" to run with for safety and conversation purposes.

 

I actually ran with two buddies who were very nice!  I especially got along well with one of the girls, and I hope to see her again.  Yay, friends!

 

Here are my statistics

 

  • Duration:  45 minutes (5.0  miles)
  • Calories Burned:  400

 

After finishing, we each got a "snack bag" of pretzels and a banana, but I wasn’t very hungry yet so I passed.   We also got little "finisher’s ribbons," which I thought was a very cute touch! They were all out of 5.0 mile ribbons, so mine says 8.0.  Liar! šŸ™‚

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Isn’t that cute?

 

So, I will definitely be back to the OWR!  They have runs every Saturday, but I’ll miss the next one because of the Gasparilla races.  Can’t wait until I get to hang out with these nice ladies again, though!

 

Lunch included a cheese and egg sammie on French bread, some Canadian bacon, and a juicy orange.

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Egg is such a great, quick protein.  I’m all out of deli meat, so this had to do!

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Mmmm… bacon!

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And fruit šŸ™‚

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I hope you are having a fabulous Saturday so far!  Enjoy the weekend while it lasts!

 

Do you belong to any social groups?  If not, how do you meet new people?

 

PS – Happy 1/2 Million Page Views to my little blog!  Thanks for reading!! I appreciate each and every one of you so much.

{ 35 comments }

 

  • Hallie February 21, 2009, 9:40 am

    Meeting new people is hard. It seems like post-college, all my friends were through work. I’m joining a book club, so that might be a good way to meet people. And recreational sports groups are good too…my boyfriend told me I should join a soccer league, but um…I always ducked from the ball in P.E. so I don’t think that would work for me šŸ™‚

    That lunch looks so balanced and filling. I wish I liked eggs!

  • Emily February 21, 2009, 9:41 am

    A running club? How neat…it sounds like a great way to meet other people who love to run!

    I play in Symphonic Band at school, which is a little unusual as a grad student, but it’s the only way to meet other people who love classical music like I do!

  • rebecca February 21, 2009, 9:44 am

    mmm both your bfast and lunch look great. i love your maple leaf bowl!

  • Kailey (SnackFace) February 21, 2009, 9:45 am

    Congrats on the .5 mill page views!! Shooo that’s a lot! I meet people mostly through activities such as writing for the school’s paper, being in two choirs and doing plays! It’s ultimate bonding!

  • Andrea of Care to Eat February 21, 2009, 9:46 am

    I was lucky and had a sig. other that I met in college. But, I discovered it was hard to “date” outside of college for new girlfriends! My husband is an architect and most people in the field are young like us, so I met the majority of my girlfriends by being a part of the arch. scene in Portland. It’s still hard to make new friends, but putting yourself out there definitely helps!

  • Mica February 21, 2009, 9:56 am

    Yay, I’m so happy for you that you found such a cool group of lady-runners! I can’t wait to hear more. (And I’m totally jealous!)

    I’m not in that many social groups, but I did meet my running buddy after I desperately posted a Craig’s List ad…because I’m a creeper.

  • foodsthatfit February 21, 2009, 10:00 am

    Wow, what a fun group you have found! It sounds like they put a lot of effort into making everyone feel included! Your pre-run breakfast looks great!

  • emily February 21, 2009, 10:01 am

    congrats on the pgs!!!!

    It is hard to meet friends after college. I married my high school boyfriend but *picking up* friends is harder than picking up dudes would be.

  • Leah February 21, 2009, 10:09 am

    What a fun morning! I’ve been looking for a social running club where I live but the only one I have found costs a fortune to join.

    Enjoy the rest of you day!

  • ksgoodeats February 21, 2009, 10:14 am

    Aw I’m so glad you had such a great time with the group! CONGRATS to your blog too šŸ™‚

  • bb February 21, 2009, 10:46 am

    Congrats on the blog success!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 21, 2009, 10:54 am

    Congrats on finding your running clique and on your blog success!

    I meet new people at the park a lot. I kinda feel like a sleezy guy when I go up to women and say, “Can I have your number?” I do it, though!

  • Angie Eats Peace February 21, 2009, 10:57 am

    I am glad you had such a great experience. I would have never gotten so into running alone, I am very thankful for my group.

  • VeggieGirl February 21, 2009, 11:24 am

    Wonderful oats and group!!

  • skinnyrunner.com February 21, 2009, 11:44 am

    its hard to meet new people once you get out of college! i still haven’t figured out how….

  • d.a.r. February 21, 2009, 11:52 am

    So jealous of your running group! I wish I had something like that around here. Our local running group is really clique-y and exclusive, not something I really want to take part in. You lucky girl!!

    Question for you: you eat SO well and seem to be really in-tune with your body. How does this help your immune system? Do you find that you stay healthier and get sick less eating the way you do now?

    I love your blog, such an inspiration!

  • Brandi February 21, 2009, 11:53 am

    congrats on getting hit on! šŸ™‚ 1/2 million is awesome!

    I have a hard time finding social groups where we live. Most of the people our age are college kids and not married, and we don’t go out and party since we’re like an old married couple šŸ™‚ It’s been tough. Most of my friends don’t live around here, but it’s getting better!

    I need to find a girls running group – sounds fun!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) February 21, 2009, 11:57 am

    dude! half a million?! that’s awesome!

    I have a hard time meeting new people too. A runner’s club would be awesome. I met some awesome people when I did a cardio boot camp class every morning. I miss those days.

    Blogging has helped me meet people too so I’m thankful for that.

  • Amanda February 21, 2009, 12:15 pm

    That running club sounds so great! I love that it is for women, too!

    My friend and I started a book club and each invited a few girls from work to join. It’s really fun bc we meet up about once a month on a Friday night so we chat, drink wine, and then go out!!

  • Justine February 21, 2009, 12:15 pm

    Congrats on the 1/2 million page views!
    Glad you found the running club helpful! Is this one you have to pay for or is it free? There’s some in my area but I’ve seen quite a few that have a fee. I prefer things that are free šŸ™‚

  • elise February 21, 2009, 12:20 pm

    it is hard to meet new peeps when you are out of college. no more forced social settings…i am lucky that a few friends made their way to the east coast, too. otherwise it would be really hard to be so far from home.

    reason #728 that i cant wait for our nyc blogger meet up šŸ™‚

  • Rose February 21, 2009, 12:27 pm

    That sounds like the PERFECT running group. I can’t believe how much the leader tailors it to your level of running – thats great.

    Congrats on half a million pageviews! That’s incredible!

    Between work and school, I don’t belong to many outside social groups, but I am in a book club with six women – and I really love it. I know some of them from work but have gotten to know others through the club. We’re all in different stages in life, which is sort of nice because I get to hear what it’s like to 1) adopt a child, for example. I like stepping outside my own comfort level in terms of conversation and learning.

  • aussirish February 21, 2009, 12:27 pm

    hi, i just wanted to comment and tell you i LOVE your blog, i just found it and as a beginner runner love hearing all about the runs you do and you always have such great eats šŸ™‚
    glad you had a great time today, sounds like a really good club to be part of!

  • tryingforatri February 21, 2009, 12:31 pm

    I’m happy you at such a great experience with the running club!! I joined a triathlon club through my university a few weeks back, but I’ve been too busy to participate in a group training session.

    I’ve never lived in residence, so few of my friends are actually school friends. Most of my friends now I met through my old customer service (and very social) jobs. Now that I’m working “real” jobs, I find it’s very hard to meet new people!

  • Matt February 21, 2009, 12:46 pm

    I meet alot of runner’s at the Tuscaloosa Track Club! It’s fun because everyone just loves to run and talk about running!

  • Bec February 21, 2009, 1:55 pm

    I am so jealous of that sunny weather!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 21, 2009, 1:58 pm

    dar – i have definitely noticed a different in my energy level. i don’t think i get as sick as i used to. i think all the alcohol i used to drink definitely contributed to an overall feeling of crapiness šŸ™‚ especially now that i eat so much more cleanly, i do feel lighter and more energetic.

    justine – its a voluntary $2 contribution at each run — i can live with that!

    aussirish – thanks šŸ™‚

  • Kath February 21, 2009, 2:28 pm

    Wish I could find a club like that! I’m sure one exists here, but I doubt the run is as fun without a lake.

  • BOBBI McCORMICK February 21, 2009, 3:08 pm

    how fun, wish I could find a good womens running clun around here! Maybe I should start one, with all these tips, I think I know how:)

  • talesofexpansion February 21, 2009, 3:25 pm

    nice find on the running club! i do a running club here in ny sometimes, but i haven’t actually met people through it that i would hang out with. i tend to meet new people through grad school and work … and now blogging!

  • balancemycake February 21, 2009, 3:32 pm

    that’s so great!! That running group sounds awesome…it’s always a great feeling making new friends šŸ™‚

    Michelle

  • Tami February 21, 2009, 3:33 pm

    i have been trying so hard to break into a few groups I guess you would call it at my gym, i finally did with TWO MEN! my husband doesn’t mind but i would like some girlfriends! these two guys do triathlon’s so my running days with them will be coming to an end soon.

    it’s a lovely day here in New Hampshire, but more snow tomorrow šŸ™

    i am SO jealous and happy for you that you found this group. how did you find it?

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 21, 2009, 3:45 pm

    How fun that you met a great group to run with!!

  • ashley (sweetandnatural) February 21, 2009, 4:12 pm

    Fun morning! And congrats on your page views! šŸ™‚

  • HangryPants February 21, 2009, 7:08 pm

    I need a running club. Did you find that the people were at various ability levels?

    I think it’s hard in your 20s, post college to meet people. Where we live now, Mark has a ton of friends from childhood, so we always have people to do things with, but I honestly do have a hard time making my own friends. Hence why I need a running club.

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