Thursday, September 23, 2010
Not only am I developing relationships, but I am creating accountability. When people know I am supposed to be there, I better get up and get there. I had to cancel on Emily twice this week (once because I thought Paige might be sick - turned into nothing, and once because another friend really needed my help with something), and I felt awful about it... like I was letting someone else down. And this weekend I'll be meeting a new friend. We connected through this blog (and coincidentally have a couple of mutual friends as well). We'll be running together with my friend, Jenn. Should be a blast.
I've had people comment before on the blog wishing he/she had someone to go on a run with or to the gym. I spent a lot, a lot of time going alone, running alone. And even when you meet another runner - are they the same pace? do they even like to run with other people? do they prefer music or conversation? (Of course, I've talked a few people into converting from music to conversation. ;-) ) Not to mention if they are even free or willing to run at the same times as you. My outdoor runs on Tuesdays and Thursday are at 5am so we can all get home before our husbands have to head to work. Not just anyone will get up at 4:30 so they can meet-up at 5am. My runs with Emily are at 8am, right after we both drop our kids at school, and they are at the gym, where I can have care for Paige. Long runs, I'm more often alone, although occassionally someone will come with me. I have to play those by ear though and plan around my race schedule, and Peter's tennis schedule.
(Shirt to the left is from One More Mile, and can be found HERE.)