On February 28th, our annual Orlando Galloway training program victory breakfast took place. This is a time for everyone in the program to get together and celebrate the training season. The 2014-2015 season was my third with Orlando Galloway, and it was a great one. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been running with some of these amazing people now for almost four years!
This season was my first as a Group Leader for my pace group, the Dream Chasers. I have been fortunate to have been able to run with and train under two of my co-group leaders, Nancy and Molly since 2012. Both were there from the moment I began training for my first marathon and have become great friends of mine. The Galloway training program is a big part of my life and I can’t imagine it any other way.
Each year, the victory breakfast has a fun theme. This year’s theme was Superheroes. Definitely a fun one, some of us even came in costumes! The celebration includes awards, a slideshow comprised of photos from the last year, food and lots of socializing. Everyone brings in something, as it’s a potluck breakfast. There is never a shortage of yummy food with runners around! And, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy.
Awards are given out for the most marathons, most half marathons, fastest marathon/half marathon, slowest marathon/half marathon, those that have run challenges like Dopey or Goofy at Disney, as well as fun gag type awards. The gag awards include categories like Fashionista, Adventurer, and Cheerleader, all of which are voted on by the group before the breakfast. This year, I was voted, Inspector Gadget which was funny…mostly it was due to the fact that I get the opportunity to check out new gear and running items thanks to this blog. 🙂
The morning was a great time with great people, a number of which I consider friends. The slideshow which is put together by one of our talented runners is always a highlight, I know it is for me. I love re-living the fun and silliness that we all had during the season.
From now until June, we are in what we call our ‘maintenance season.’ I continue to run pretty regularly, as do a number of others, but some folks take the time for a break, or to pursue another sport or hobby. Of course, this is also peak racing season, so until late April or May most of us are still doing one or more races on the weekends. The victory breakfast always makes me look forward to the June kickoff again.