Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Running is Fun

I started running with a new group a few weeks ago after breaking up with my old ladies running group. (Yes, I intentionally wrote "old ladies." Mean, I know. But they are neither "old" nor "ladies" so it's all good. I do still owe them a phone call explaining it's me not them and that I had some baggage I didn't fully disclose and that we can still be friends.) The new running group is all men. I find that I don't talk nearly as comfortably with men as I do with women. Maybe it's my familiarity with Costco milk jugs, "lady parts," the kids' school and fashion that doesn't mesh easily with the men's conversations about "jugs", "man parts," kids' sports and work. Anyway.

On Sunday when we were in Chicago I ran 10 miles for the first time since before the marathon. And I ran it quick. At least on the way out. When I turned around I realized rather suddenly that I had a 14 mph wind at my back - that was now in my face. The return trip was a little slower and more work. This morning I was still feeling all fired up from my Sunday run and the conversation was lacking so on the second lap I kept pushing the pace. Well, that certainly quieted everyone down, but no one dropped. It was fun to run fast with other people who run fast. When we finished there was complaining, but whatever, it's not like I plan on doing that every day.

Now, if I could just get that fired up about riding my bike on the trainer.

7 comments:

Roo said...

Since when do you not just go ahead and air all the baggage right here on the blog?

My word today is "belise." I think your blog just told me to be myself.

t-odd said...

There really isn't any baggage. I just wanted to run faster and several times there were questions about whether I felt they were holding me back. I took that as an out. That doesn't sound good, does it? I am so screwed. Ah, what else is new, right?

Teresa said...

Super fast running on the first time out with them? Now you are going to have to keep it up, you have an image to uphold :)!
tn

MM said...

Last time I ran with a bunch of guys we spent 90 minutes discussing "if you're gonna dump her, do you have sex before you do?" I was laughing the entire time. Well, except when we were running the tempo intervals at threshold pace because they were guys and had to kill each other.

Charisa said...

Let me know if you figure out how to get excited about the bike trainer.

ADC said...

You got ride of the ladies?? Plonker ;))

Meg Runs said...

Grrrrrrrrr....jk. Ladies like "us" prey on kids like you. We can really suck you into the conversation and then we distract you from the real reason you run. Good move.