Today I moved a sofa into my garage at 6am in the morning. Somehow I’ve made it to a point in life where this is totally normal.
Okay, let’s break this down a bit. Chelsea and I finally decided it was time to move on from our college/newlywed furniture.
When I say we decided, what I really mean is that we thought we’d go buy a new recliner to add to our living room and ended up buying an entire new set of furniture. While wandering around the furniture store we discussed how we didn’t actually have adequate seating in our house to actually have family and friends over. This became apparent to us thanks to Violet. You see when you have a baby people actually want to come and visit you at your house. Thus, it was time to move on from the single big floppy sofa that was our first “real” purchase together as a couple.
So a phone call to the furniture mission later, I discovered that I needed to move the large sofa to the garage so it could be easily picked up and repurposed. When it comes to moving furniture our go-to call is Chelsea’s brother. He is big and strong, has moved a bunch of furniture in his life and only lives two blocks away. In theory we were all set. However, this is the one week that he is out-of-town for work. Like seriously, he has never gone out-of-town for work until this week. Bummer dude!
That is where the 6am shenanigans come into play. As I’ve mentioned before, our running community is incredible and some of my best friends have been made through countless miles at group runs, meet-ups and running club socials. Basically, since Violet was born I’ve had friends coming to my house every Tuesday to run with me at 5am. You read that last line correctly. Yes, the running store guy gets front door service from his running buddies so he can log some AM miles before the baby wakes. There are some weeks that my only running has been this Tuesday jog around my neighborhood. Just thinking back to the past eight months gets me a little bit emotional, those miles meant more to me than most will ever know.
So after a quick text about grabbing the AM miles I followed up with a casual,
“Hey, would you be willing to help me move a sofa tomorrow after our run?”
6am, 28 degrees outside and two guys moving a sofa. Totally normal.
I had a big year in 2019. Our business changed, we welcomed Violet to the world, we Skedaddled, I finished in 3rd place in a national marketing competition within the running industry, I ran the LA Marathon, traveled back to LA on a special invite to meet with a 5 billion dollar company, I set a 10 mile PR and got one haircut the entire year. I’m sure that I’m missing some major milestones, but I think you get the point. With all that being said I think 2020 is going to be even more exciting.
If moving large pieces of furniture in the early morning hours is the new normal just imagine what my team and I will accomplish this year. This is going to be a big year and I’m overjoyed to be sharing it with the Sioux Falls running community. Stay tuned and as always let me know what you want your local running store to look like and I’ll try to continue to shape this place in the image of the people of the community. After all we are a business built on building a community.
Greg Koch is the Co-Owner and General Manager of 605 Running Company and Co-Produces the Sioux Falls Skedaddle Half Marathon. He serves on the Board of Directors for Downtown Sioux Falls, the 605 Race Crew and the Sioux Falls Area Running Club. When Greg isn’t with his family or working he enjoys being outside biking, kayaking, golfing or playing church softball.
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