Here at 605 Running Company we like to have a good time. That includes hosting social gatherings, participating in local races, and promoting healthy lifestyles. Beyond shoes and apparel, we offer nutritional products, group runs, yoga classes, and coming November 17th, a foam-rolling seminar. I appreciate these offerings because they keep me in shape for the unexpected.
Take last night for example. My boss Wayne and I had our first recreational basketball league game. For those of you that have been to the store for a group run you might have noticed that the ol’ boss man doesn’t actually run; he was a jumper in college and is a certified personal trainer, but you’d have better luck asking a tiger to be a vegetarian than you would getting Wayne to run any distance at all. (I actually want to do some sort of promotion that includes a #seewaynerun theme to it – working out the details)
I digress, our basketball team is a group of teachers from Roosevelt High School that I have been playing with for three years now and Wayne is new to the team. We arrived at the gym the standard half-hour early and I proceeded to introduce the ol’ boss to our “coach” Troy.
Now when I approached Mr. Earney about the idea of playing basketball in a men’s rec. league he smiled and started bragging about how amazing he is at b-ball.
Wayne said things to me like,
“When I played ball in school the guys had a nickname for me … DRAIN-O! Cause I don’t miss shots”
“When I was graduating I had my choice, play collegiate basketball or track. I choose track, but I could’ve been big time in basketball.”
And than he said this,
“So will we have subs cause man I’m outta shape. Seriously, I’m good for about 2 minutes.”
The first thing Coach Troy says to me after I introduced Wayne was,
“Can your wife keep score for us? Counting you two we will only have five players tonight.”
Now for those of you keeping track the majority of our team is made up of Roosevelt teachers, most of them coach football. Right now the high school is in the midst of the annual playoffs to determine what teams will meet to dual in the dome. That meant that we had the bare minimum to play basketball and all five of us would have to play every single minute of our game.
Thank God I have been participating in 605 Running group runs and yoga classes. My conditioning kept me moving, my mind was at peace with the challenge of non-stop competitive basketball, and I enjoyed the game even though we lost by 30+ points (the other team had 8 guys, a median age of 22, and didn’t seem to ever miss a shot).
You might be wondering, how did Wayne fair? Well you will have to ask the ol’ boss man how he did the next time you are in the store. Let’s just say that he wasn’t exactly DRAIN-O …