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“Quite the little joiner, aren’t we?”

08/30/2011

Something terrible has happened to me. I’ve started to become… socialish. I keep, like, joining things. Things that involve people other than myself. Sometimes I even talk to these people willingly. It started with the Medved Thursday night trail runs. Then I went to a trail run hosted by Fleet Feet’s Salomon Endurance Team this past Sunday. On Monday I signed up for Tot Trotters offered by Irondequoit Parks and Recreation. And now I am considering Fleet Feet’s Tuesday night group runs (if I didn’t hate speed workouts so much, I am sure I would have joined them by now). What in Canada is going on?

Sure I am Madylin’s Girl Scout Leader and was on the Home & School Board at her old school, but those are things that directly benefitted her and so I didn’t mind the occasions I had to make terribly awkward small talk with my peers. But when I show up for these group runs, I can’t hide behind my kid or busy myself setting out glue sticks and shuffling papers. I think my love of running trumps my quasi-social anxiety. I would never, say, join a wine tasters club or a jazz appreciation club or a Dance Dance Revolution club or whatever it is other adults enjoy, but running groups I am down with. Back in 2005-2007 I ran with the Long Island Road Runners Club and, despite myself, enjoyed the camaraderie. I got into really good shape and found a great training partner (who is now my email go-to guy for all things dogs). In fact, I still keep in touch with a few of those old pirates.

Training with LIRRC was a lot of fun but it still took a lot for me to start going to down to Eisenhower Park each Sunday to work out with them. Hopefully I will find my running niche here in Rochester too, and maybe even find a training partner. Marathon training solo has been a daunting task and it would be nice to have a buddy along for the long hauls next time around–you know, the whole misery loves company thing. But if not, that’s ok. I can still benefit from a weekly group run (or two)–I can learn about the local trails, pick up some tips from area running veterans, and find out which races are worth the entry fees and which ones are just overpriced and overhyped. I don’t have to embrace “the loneliness of the long distance runner.”

Today’s Workout:
Ran 3.3 miles/29:39
Lower Body Weights 25:00
Abs 10:00

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