Tuesday, June 5, 2012

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

I have a friend named David and I met him in a running class last summer.  If I have anyone to credit for helping me knock minutes off my miles, it is him.  We ran together every week, racing each other to the finish line, but most of the time he was the one yelling at me to run faster.  I got busy traveling and we lost touch at the end of last summer.

A few weeks ago I was running in Central Park.  Running a race, in fact.  I think it was a 10k.  About a mile or so into the run as I was weaving in and out of slower runners, I noticed that I was running next to David.  We both screamed and hugged.  I quickly felt the pangs of running with David as I was very out of breath and could hardly talk to catch up with him.  He told me that he'd joined a new running group and I quizzed him on it.  How much? When do you meet? What do you do with them? etc.  He told me that the fee for the entire year was only $20.00 and that they had running clinics a few times a week.  (The running class we took together last summer was approximately $10 per class.) 

I got home from the race and decided to look up the group.  I briefly grazed the website and submitted my $20.00 and was quickly added to facebook groups and email lists.  With being sick last week and then going to the beach I haven't had much time to look at the information that I've been getting.  Last week I was invited to a Pride run.  June is Pride month; a fact I know well after living in the Castro in San Francisco for 3 years.  I didn't think anything of it.

Last Friday I got an email newsletter and as I was looking at it, I realized that it had a very tiny rainbow stripe on the header of the email.  And then I saw it.

The XXX Gram is published weekly by XX New York, Inc., a non-profit running and sports organization for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgendered people, and their supporters

Anyone know where I can buy some rainbow shorts to wear to my first meetup?


Jason said...
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Maunderer said...

are you secretly a little girl trapped in a, err, ahem.. a little girl's body?

Hmmm, I knew it!

as far as transgender goes, that has got to take the cake. You are not just flipping a 180 in terms of gender identity with regards to biological sex, you are doing like a full 360 (or zero degrees but you get the point and the 360 thing sounded funner).
I hope you have a great time. Love you, raggedy feffy bob, wise and powerful. :)