I tend to believe people who run are predisposed to being solitary people. Running is an activity most often done alone. Yes, all runners can attest that having a group or a friend to run with is motivating in terms of increasing times or actually just getting out to get the running done. But running is not a team sport. Only you can have anything to do with your final outcome when you run.
A lot of the workouts I enjoy are solitary — swimming, walking, biking. Don’t get me wrong, I am a school girl in love when it comes to team sports like soccer or volleyball as well. But I spend most of workout time in silence. And since I’m a pretty fun person, it is not unpleasant to be with myself at these times.
However, yesterday was a day of a different breed. Yesterday, I only worked out with others.
My morning water-running was done with Andrea. After our usual pleasantries and dream sharing, the conversation shifted to us being intrigued by our fellow swimmers. We only see them in their swimming life, for under an hour a day most days. The only things we know about them are from brief interactions over the past few years. Then, in true Andrea fashion, she looked at me and seriously posed this question: if you could follow any lap swimmer around for a day to see what their life is like, who would you pick and why? That conversation lasted the rest of our workout.
I then went for a walk with Garrett, who is quickly becoming a walking buddy. While we scaled some nearby hills and dodged old lady drivers backing out of their driveways, our discourse included thoughts on the recession, internet dating, the intricacies of Winnie the Pooh, and quoting as many movies as possible. We are both easily led into tangents, so much of conversation is hard to recount because we were so off topic.
Later in the day, Kristin and I headed out for a short, rolling hills run. We only did three miles instead of our usual four, but that was plenty. Our favorite topic yesterday? Boys. Relationships. Other people’s relationships. Mutual friends. The upcoming high school reuinion. Our parents. Job hunting. Ex boyfriends. Advice. We are definitely girls.
Finally, I wrapped up my day of not being alone with a soccer game. The Tuesday night crew are a competivite bunch, and lately, we’ve been struggling in our league. But last night, not only did we side with positive reinforcement rather than yelling at each other like angry middle schoolers, but we also sided with awesome passing and winning. Nice way to end the season. I even managed to learn more about some of my teammates while I was on the sideline, inbetween cheering.
As someone who likes to focus on my tasks, who enjoys hearing my own rhythm, and just generally working out to my own drum, I have to admit that yesterday was pretty fun. Perhaps I will try to incorporate more people into my routine. I already have a potential hiking date on Thursday, and a bike group on Sunday. Gold.