Last week I received a mailing from my old company, inviting me to join their alumni association. This offer was packaged like a wedding invitation, with a tasteful note along with the requisite response card. The value proposition was tempting, but I chose to decline, just as I have each time I’ve received solicitations from my high school and college alumni groups.
I mention this because I’ve recently thought about joining GLIRC, the local running club in Long Island that boasts a membership in the thousands. I usually enjoy running with other people, but I also find solo runs very fulfilling. But just like alumni groups, I can never bring myself to sign up.
I first wrote about joining a running club four years ago. At that time (and ever since) I’ve dismissed the idea. I wrote that, while I liked to run with others, it was, “mostly because [they’ve been] discreet events: assemble, run, depart. No barbecues, fund raisers, meetings, bylaws or committees. I’m not saying these things aren’t great, they’re just not for me.”
It may be worth re-thinking running clubs now that I have a little more discretionary time. Perhaps there’s an option to just do meetup runs, with no further obligation to participate in club activities. In that case, I might be tempted. Especially if they send me a nicely worded invitation in the mail.