Sisterhood support: Craig residents starting women’s running club
The Sole Sisters Women’s Running Club will meet at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. The club is free and open to any women interested.
Whether it’s sitting outside alone or having dinner with friends, Craig resident Kristin Allen said mothers need their personal time.
Such is the inspiration behind a new exercise group, the Sole Sisters Women’s Running Club, started by Allen and a group of her close friends.
“It is hard to juggle kids, making dinner and just all the running around,” said Allen, 37. “Running was one of the things I could fit into my schedule.”
Along with friends Lindsay Anderson, Isis Beckett and Kara Schrimsher, Allen said running is something the women have been doing for a while. They also want to present an opportunity for others to join.
“We have been running together on and off for about a year now,” Allen said. “We train for races together and for me, running is a way to continue to build friendships and meet new friends.”
Anderson, 30, said inspiration for the idea came to her while out running.
“There are always other women running,” she said. “I see them and think, ‘Hey, we should run together.’”
Being a mother, Anderson said, can be stressful, but it is also something all four women have in common.
“We are all moms of more than one kid,” she said. “We needed something to do besides cook and clean, and it gives us a chance to get away from the house.”
Anderson said women interested in being part of the club should meet at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St.
The group will run a three-mile loop on the east side of town followed by another three miles for those who want to run longer.
“We wanted a three-mile route for the people who only want to run that distance,” Allen said. “For those that want to run longer, we have provided that option, too.”
All four runners acknowledged the difficulty of keeping up a routine.
Schrimsher, 35, said running is hard to get in to.
“I started running as a stress reliever, but now running is something I do for fun and do for me,” she said. “It is hard to get out and do it by yourself, so running with someone keeps me accountable to get myself out there.”
Beckett, 31, said running is enjoyable.
“When I started running again, doing it with friends gave me a support group that helps keep me motivated,” she said. “I got asked maybe 10 times by Lindsay to join, and I had a million excuses not to. Now, I look forward to going out to run.”
For Anderson, the payoff is what drives her to run.
“Running is mind over matter,” she said. “Knowing you are going to go out and run for 2 hours is tough but after you are done, it feels amazing.”
If there is enough interest, Allen said the running club will expand.
“As we start, we want to do a weekend group run, but once we can gauge the interest, we might start doing a weekday run, as well,” she said. “(Running) is something anyone can do. New runners can start out slow and build up just like all of us did.”
Anderson said she hopes many of the participants will run together in some of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, including the Craig Duathlon on June 26.
“Some of us will be running together as a group for the third time in a run on Memorial Day and I just think it is neat to have friends to do that with,” she said. “If we could get an even bigger group to go to the runs with, it would be something great.”