Irish Sorority Sisters

DDG logoIt only makes sense to run my first race since I had my little Irish baby, Brannon at the St. Paddy’s Day Dash Down Greenville. My mom has placed in her age group 2 years in a row at this race and we just love the fun atmosphere, getting dressed up, and running a 5K as half/full marathons are more our style. I picked up the race packets from  Run On and mom was in charge of our decorations…tutus, onesies, and shamrocks for the stroller.

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At the start of the race, my mom made her way to the front and for the first time I made my way to the very end of the race. There is an elite group of runners that you only find at the back of races. Ladies all decked out in cute lululemon tanks, BOB strollers, and Camelbak water bottles. It is sorority that I felt I needed to be initiated into before I ran in this race…I was introduced to the runner mommas. Both sweet and intimating at the same time, it was hard for me to believe that I “belonged” there among them. It was the first time I felt like a runner momma. “Kappa Runner Mommas” should be our official Greek title or “Chi-O Runner-O”… or not. I need a better name…

We talked about my BOB stroller decorations and how little Brannon was (7 weeks old) before the start of the race. I watched as they juggled pacifiers and snacks beautifully all while running at a swift pace in cute Nike Frees. We ran side by side sharing a camaraderie that only sorority sisters understand when you are part of group, a member of a whole. We didn’t exchange twitter handles or Facebook status updates, but I know I will see them again. We will be friends… see you at the back of the next race, sisters.


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