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.
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
The Orlando Women Runners (OWR) meet-up was at Lake Baldwin, which is a very beautiful part of Orlando.
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!
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! 🙂
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.
Egg is such a great, quick protein. I’m all out of deli meat, so this had to do!
And fruit 🙂
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?
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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 🙂
That lunch looks so balanced and filling. I wish I liked eggs!