I show up, a little nervous and praying there is good food. Surely there will be someone here I recognize. I try to scan the room for anyone I might know…anyone familiar. Nothing. Not a soul in sight that I recognize. I feel so uncomfortable right now. What do I do with my hands? I need a drink to hold. No drink. Do I cross my arms? No, they say that’s unsocial. Can’t hang them at my sides; that just feels weird. Don’t pick your nails; that’s weird, too. Geez, stop looking so uncomfortable. OH, there’s someone. I know her from somewhere; I just can’t place her. What do I do? Where do I know her from? Oh, man, I suck at names. Even if I remember where I know her from, I won’t have a clue what her name is. …what to do, what to do? Be brave. Just walk up and say, “hi.” Seriously, what’s the worst that can happen?
Eh, maybe I’ll take a lap and see if I can find that drink first. Walking…walking….okay, bar. Relax. Pick something other than red wine, so I don’t end up with purple teeth. That would suck. Beer is good. Beer is casual; I can be casual. Roll the shoulders back, don’t slouch, smile. Pretend to be relaxed. This is fun. This is a great opportunity to meet people. Having fun. When does the new Gilmore Girls come out? I could really use a pizza right now. Or a taco. Tacos go great with beer. So does pizza. I’m stopping by Taco Bell on the way home before I order a pizza. Why not? I had a long run today. I’m sure I burned enough calories. Oh, hey, is that a mini quiche?
There she is again. Okay, I’ve got this. I have to say something; otherwise, I’ll definitely regret it. Simply say something, ANYTHING! Gah, the agony! Why is this so hard?!?! Okay, deep breath. I’ve got this.
Approach. Smile. Nod. Start speaking.
-“Hi. I couldn’t help but notice your Garmin. Are you a runner?”
-“Why, yes, I am! Have you heard of Stroller Warriors?”
(mental note: Ah, I’ve seen her on the Stroller Warriors chapter page! I should totally go to a workout).
…continue awesome conversation and decide to show up at the next SW workout.
If you’ve been lingering around virtually, keep doing so, but go ahead and click that Events tab on the community page you are interested in. If it’s a Stroller Warrior page, then the next workout will be listed there. Just go for it. You will be greeted with a community of people who understand you experience, and you will be grateful you went. If you haven’t joined any community or running group pages yet, I suggest you start here: Stroller Warriors Chapters
Have you had any fun events like this? Tell us about the ways you get connected when you move to a new place!