Are you a Boston area lady runner? Have you been looking for a new running buddy? Or two? Or 10?
Do you need some extra accountability to get out at least once a week and log some miles?
Is having fun during a run a priority?
If you answered yes to any - and hopefully all - of these questions then the Boston Luna Chix are for you!
LUNA Chix Local Teams bring together women interested in learning new sports, staying active and inspiring others to do the same.
The Boston Luna Chix runs out of the Athleta on Newbury Street on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm. The group meets in the back of the Athleta store, where there is a bathroom to use, a water fountain and a place to store your bag during the run (yes someone is watching it while you are out on the town).
The Team LUNA Chix Boston Run team seeks to invite, inspire and encourage women to get outside and play, while raising money and awareness for the Breast Cancer Fund.
Once you are signed in, the group meets outside of the store to stretch, share names, catch up on what the Boston Luna Chix have on the social schedule and celebrate any participants hitting a Luna Chix milestone. Milestones include 5 runs attended, 10 runs attended, etc.
And I snap a pic of my sweet Sparkle. ;)
The group offers a 3 or 4 mile run.
I had heard a lot of great things about the group from a couple of my former Weight Watchers members, who are both on the Team Luna Chix team and participants of the group run.
But heading in to a new group of folks I didn't know made me nervous. I don't really know why, but I was. So I talked my friend and fellow WW Leader Susan to come with me. :)
Yay peer pressure. ;)
I don't know WHY I was so nervous the group was SUPER inviting and a great group of women.
Personally, I have only done the 3-ish mile loop because it has worked into my training plans that way. But both loops take you along the gorgeous Charles River.
Thankfully the Charles has water fountains along the path so during the 3-miles we have two-three places to stop if needed.
The group heads out from Newbury St and safely (of course) makes our way through the few blocks to the bridge to the Charles.
There is a water stop at the half way mark, which really works out half way at 1.55 miles. Nice work ladies! ;)
After making sure all participants have hit the half way mark and refueled, the ladies of Team Luna Chix lead us back to the Athleta store.
It is a great time to chat and meet new folks. This group actually gave me the chance to meet a few of my Twitter/online friends in real life. How amazing is that?
Plus, I use it as an excuse to hang out with my friends as well. :) Want to hang out? Well come meet me at Athleta at 6:30 on Wednesday. Done!
Many folks worry about not finding someone in their pace at a group run - not a problem here at the Luna Chix. The ladies of Team Luna really do run the gamut of paces. There are speedsters, run/walk method, middle-of-the-packers, back-of-the-packers, folks that like to take pictures while running, selfies, etc.
When the run is done, the group meets back at Athleta to stretch, rehydrate, snap pics and snack on a mini Luna bar or two (2 PPV each).
Can you see the phone in the right corner? Selfie of a selfie baby with Catie!
This past Wednesday marked my fifth Luna Chix run club which meant??? I got the gift. Yay!
I love mini Luna bars. Thanks for the gift ladies.
In addition to the run itself, the group has a great Facebook page for support and sharing opportunities to meet with other members outside of the weekly run. The Luna Chix also have a monthly mixer following the last run of the month. June's mixer took place at UNO's and a portion of the money spent went to the Breast Cancer Fund.
The Boston Luna Chix sum themselves up pretty well:
The women on our team share a passion for tying our laces and hitting the road, trails, and anything else in our way. By teaming-up with LUNA, we’re able to promote our commitment to healthy living and increase the participation of women in sports.
And they do it well.
So if you are free on a Wednesday night and you are feeling like you want to run 3 or 4 miles with laughs and smiles, head to Athleta and tell the Boston Luna Chix I sent ya! ;)
Photo Courtesy Boston Luna Chix