June 17, 2014
Last Wednesday I attended Potomac River Running’s Distance Training Program kickoff for the DC group. It was held at their new Penn Quarter store by Gallery Place/Verizon Center (they closed the Cleveland Park location).
Image: Potomac River Running DC
I arrived 15 minutes early (surprise surprise) to a quasi empty store. People quickly trickled in from work and from the 6:30 Fun Run (every Wednesday). We signed in and received a tech tee and water bottle.
PRR provided pizza, beer and water (I already ate so I opted for the water). There was time to chit chat with the other runners. Introvert Jennifer crept in, my b-school professors would be so disappointed (and I am fine at work). Everyone seemed to know each other already! I was just being a little (ok alot) irrational; I didn’t want to interrupt them. The group was friendly, there was a lot of smiling and laughter, and of course everyone was talking about running (easy topic Jennifer). I finally did join a conversation and it was fine.
We were then introduced to Coach Taneen or Coach “T”. In addition to her amazing resume – Boston, Ironman, etc (check out her website), she had a great personality (she also remembered names – which is always impressive). After Coach T’s introduction, we went over the following:
- Program logistics/information
- Clothing/misc running stuff
I learned the DC program has over 150 runners, with 80% veteran runners (hello Pareto rule <- econ nerd here). Coach T also runs the optional track workouts in Arlington and DC during the week.
I left the kickoff feeling excited! Can’t wait to begin this training cycle.
Are you an introvert/extrovert when it comes to meeting new people?
Other PRR sites – how was your kickoff meeting?