Sunday, January 9, 2011

Good News and More Good News

Today has been chock full of good stuff and it’s not even 2 o’clock – I love it!

  • I ran this morning!  It was brief and it was slow, but it was almost pain-free, so I’m calling it a victory.  I made it two miles at a …well, let’s call it a “relaxed” pace.  My booty felt great.  My hammy was still barking at me, but not until I was past the 1.5-mile point.  This is excellent progress and really started my day off on the right foot.  *groan*  On tap for this week is more stretching, more rollering and more taking it easy.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a long run of 4 miles next weekend.
  • I swam in a heated pool this morning!  IronHubs has access to a nice pool through his work that is inconvenient to use (it’s about 20-30 minute drive from our house and he has to accompany me, since it’s for employees only), but – check this out – completely deserted on the weekends.  Believe me, I know exactly how lucky I am!  I went a little bit further this morning – 750 meters – and it felt really good.  I was slow, of course, but my pace was consistent with my training last year, so I’m happy that I don’t seem to have lost too much swim fitness since September.  I have gotten awfully used to those wetsuit-assisted swim times, though!

Swimming AloneLook, Ma – no wetsuit!

  • The sun came out today!  I am NOT complaining about the cold, believe me (I know better!), but the last four days have been nonstop gloomy, cloudy and gray.  Weather like that puts me in a really blech-y mood.  It’s still chilly here, but seeing the sun makes everything better.
  • I’ve decided to join my local TRI club!  This is such a huge, huge, HUGE step outside my comfort zone that I can’t believe I’m even thinking about it.  I’m not a social butterfly, but every so often I get a real longing to meet more people (*ahem* in the real world – why don’t all of you live in my neighborhood???) who share my athletic interests.  About two years ago, I joined a meetup group for a running club here in my town, but I never went to a single meeting.  I got their constant emails and reminders but I made excuse after excuse not to go.  The times weren’t convenient, I wasn’t training for the same races…yadda yadda yadda.  It was all fear and intimidation talking, of course.  What if they’re all younger than me?  What if they’re all faster than me?  What if they’re not friendly?  What if the girls all have smooth, pretty hair and big boobs?  (“Oh, hello, Massive Insecurity!  I didn’t see you there.”)  Well, this time around I still have all those same fears and insecurities but I’m not letting them stop me!  Even if I’m the slowest, most uncoordinated, oldest and ugliest girl in the club.

What good news do you have today??

24 comments:

Jon said...

Way to sign up for the Tri club!

The Green Girl said...

That's awesome that you got to have the pool all to yourself.

And congratulations on joining your local TRI club!

Carrie said...

What a great day!! :) and a huge congrats for joining the tri team!! I did the same thing when I moved to a new city in hopes of meeting friends and becoming a swimmer - and though I've only been in the group for a month, I'm so glad I joined! Good luck and I hope you have lots of fun!

Running Librarian said...

I felt the same way the first couple of times I went to my running club, but everyone was very nice and friendly. So have fun and you will enjoy it. Make sure you go more than one time though :) Usually I end up talking to people after a few times going (I know I am slow to chat people up) :) Enjoy!

RockStarTri said...

Great news with the run and the tri club. Realize some of them can be insane but I'm sure there will be others that you match up with well.

How did warm water feel?

Caratunk Girl said...

Very awesome about the tri club!! And the pool I go to (90 min drive, 30 sounds like HEAVEN!) is always empty on the weekends. It is awesome, right? I hope it works out that you can get there often!!!

Jogging with Fiction said...

halleluia for a heated pool!!!

my good news is pizza for dinner after a long run!

Katie V. said...

Props on joining the Tri club! Good news: made some fantastic perogies (sweet potato, smoked gouda, onion & prosciutto)

ajh said...

I have never joined a running group. You have my admiration as it would be out of my comfort zone too! That pool looks great.

Whitney said...

I'm so excited you got to swim in a heated pool. Congrats on the tri club, that is awesome.

Christi said...

I signed up for my Tri club and the one meeting that I attend no one else showed up. I haven't been back since.

Aimee said...

Yay for a pain free run, a heated pool, and joining the tri club!! Woohoo!

Anne said...

Great news all around! You are not going to regret joining the tri club...I have a feeling we'll get to enjoy great stories :)

Laurie said...

What a great day for you! I hope the tri club is a great fit. :)

My good news... I start marathon training tomorrow... yay!

Chris K said...

Fantastic. You know, for me, sometimes the little aches & pains go away during a run. Takes awhile to get warmed up. That may happen to you too.

I think you will love that Tri Club. Good for you for getting out of your comfort zone.

trifitmom said...

i believe you will love the tri club, it will be like minded folks ..good for you

Laura said...

First of all - runners have tiny boobs! But I can relate. I've thought about joining a running group and I'm super anxious about all the same stuff (except for the boobs). You're awesome though! You'll fit right in!

(Also - glad to hear the muscles are getting better. I'm telling you...Bikram yoga...)

Tortuga_Runner said...

Glad the run went well, the swim was great and the weather lightened up. What TRI club? Oh no, will we be rivals this summer? Not that I can rival you, but it'll be neat to see each other in club colors.

tri like mary said...

I felt the same way about joining my local tri club last year. You know what - they were all faster than me but the majority of them (there's always the exception) were really nice and very encouraging and it was cool to have the support at races.

DRog said...

its snowing and cold here again....oh WAIT you wanted GOOD news : its recovery day no training for me!

great news all the way around for u:)

Rose said...

I tagged you in my latest post with a "Stylish Blogger Award." You don't have to play, but part of the rules is me letting you know that I've enjoyed finding and reading your blog, and I think you're awesome.

Teamarcia said...

I'm having a panic attack just looking at that purdy pool and reading about your tri club--WOW girl! But tell that insecure twin big boobs are way over-rated. The tiny perky ones never sag. ;)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Yay for a good feeling "booty" during your run! And, heated pool time of course!!

And, what a big step--tri club member!

gmontalvo13 said...

ah, yay fo heated pools! i tried my first swim of the year on sunday-- very grateful!

and yay for tri! would love to do one soon--wish you were in my neighborhood too! :)