First and foremost, welcome to Kissimmee Runners! I am Dave and I started this group because I miss running in groups. I've only been in the Orlando area since October and everyone keeps telling me that there are plenty of running groups around here, but I'm having a hard time finding anything that doesn't require me to drive an hour each way at 4:00 AM or 6:00 PM. I love to run, but I also love spending time with my wife and adding 2 hours to my already increasingly long run isn't conducive to that. So, I started this Meetup group because I miss running in groups and I know that there are other people who would like to do group runs much closer to home. That's where you all come in! What can this group do for you? I don't know. I would like for it to be all of the things you are looking for in a group. Here are a few things I would like from the group:
I want it to be convenient, comfortable, educational and friendly.
I want it to push you!
I want it to push me!! (Notice this one gets 2 exclamation marks)
I want it to have people who are fast!
I want it to have people who are slow!!
I want it to be a sanctuary where my mind can heal from a long day/week at work.
I want to meet people who run (or would like to start running).
While I am the one who started this group, and I am more than happy to do the legwork of finding running routes, organizing the Meetups, providing water and sharing my experiences, I have no intention of making this running group all about me. I am open to all input: requests, advice, compliments, complaints. I think that the success of this group depends on its ability to be flexible (unlike my body). Last, but not least, you joined this group for a reason. Whether you are an avid runner who is way out of my league or someone who has never run unless being chased by something that scares you, you joined the group for a reason. Please feel free to share that reason and let this group help satisfy whatever that reason is. For now, I will schedule a regular Saturday morning Meetup at Celebration. If the time or place doesn't work for you, please suggest another and I'll do what I can to accommodate. Even if I can't be there, there is no reason this group can't meet without me. For those who are able to make it to Celebration on Saturday morning, I look forward to seeing you!