I will invite almost anyone to run with my group. almost. If I sense even a hint of GBA potential, you'll be invited. That's just how I roll.
That's not to say that EVERYONE fits in lock & key. Sometimes people are just "there" at the runs. They're part of the group, but I don't spend every run for those first few weeks wondering how we'd ever gotten along without them.
Some people, however, join the posse on Monday, and on Tuesday I'm thinking about all the opportunities we've missed by not finding each other sooner.
Kc is a great example of this, because I'd seen Kc running for months leading up to the actual INVITE.
And Mer, who I've known for years, but never had the privilege to "play" with until recently and I am kicking myself for the lost time ~ that girl's got heart ~.
There is something great about having good chemistry in a group, true?
Well we have a new posse member, Mustang Sally.
She fit into the group like.... like.... well, like she's a GBA**. I sensed something in her the day we met. Something that I am certain now that I identified correctly.
As I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep after putting B'nut back to bed at 4am, I thought about how perfectly she not only fits into the group, but how completely she seems to intuitively understand the GBA principle.
GBA isn't about cute socks ~ though they might help you feel GBA.
GBA isn't about runningskirts and pigtails ~ though they're fun, and we're fun.
AND being Galactically Bada** isn't about speed.
In what part of the world is someone's worth or amazingness judged on pace?
Nowhere I want to be, that's for sure.
Are we a stellar group of runners? Sure we are - Illusive placed 3rd in his AG at a 21K trail race on Saturday, and Kc was 4th in her AG at the same race.
But what makes us GBA isn't about running fast.
GBA is about heart, fun, running for the love of the sport... none of us are getting paid to run.
We run because we love it. We love the challenge. We love the company. We love what the conditioning does for the shape of our a**s.
All this really comes back to Mustang Sally. She gets GBA. She understands that worth is not based on pace. She spreads the GBAness through encouragement, laughter, marginally inappropriate stories at completely appropriate times, and, most of all, love of sport.
I am waiting for the day that Mustang Sally realizes that she, too, "... can do anything."
Believe it, Mustang Sally, because it's true.
~ savor the run ~