out of comfort zone…..

For years now I have always run by myself. I know my routes, my morning ritual before going, and then in the past couple of years I started taking my two new friends Ruby my dog and my Ipod. I have always been a self motivator in this area. There are so many people who ask me, “don’t you run with someone?” I never considered myself a social runner of sorts. I enjoy an occacional run with my sis when we are together but really have been on my own, never had a second thought about it. Enjoy my time with the Lord, the scenery, or what have you.
Recently, I can say that I have a running companion who can actually talk back to me, who isn’t literally in my ears, or a dog who is along side me slobbering and yanking me around to go for that bird that sits in front of her. My neighbor Justine has become apart of my weekly running and I have to say I really enjoy it. She and I talk thru the whole run and get each other thru it. It is fun, new, and I am enjoying it. So, Justine, you better watch out I may get use to you so much that it might become like my dog and my Ipod, A MUST HAVE! Thank you for going with me and making it different than I have ever had it in all of my running days.
So, this morning, not only did I run with partner Justine but we added friend Mary and Lori to the mix too. We met early this morn for a run downtown and around the lake. I was looking forward to it but found I must of had much more anxiety than I knew I had built up in me not use to running with others. The first 1/2 mile I could NOT catch my breath. I felt like I had a 300 pound something sitting on my chest, Justine knew it too. She was looking at me with a question in her eyes. I just focused and my body started to relax and do what it knows to do but it was a strange feeling. At the end, it was good and I enjoyed being with the girls.
So this picture taken, Justine asked a lady to take it for us. The lady asked what the picture was for and we said we needed proof we just went on a long run together. The lady’s respone was, “this don’t prove s_ _ _ _ but hey whatever!” It was a crack up, and so, even with the picture you will have to take my word for it.

May 1, 2010 - 10:51 pm

Leanne - Little does Miss Gas Station Lady know…this picture proves plenty, for you would never pose for a picture with your hair looking like that unless you were post-run! 🙂

Great job stepping out of your zone ~ I’m sure you did great!!

May 2, 2010 - 9:25 pm

Jenay - Good job sis!! I’m proud of you. I’m proud of your running and your new goal to complete a half marathon…..and I’m proud of you for doing some social running. I know this is a stretch for you, but isn’t it the BEST!!! Love ya bunches.

May 3, 2010 - 3:03 am

Gina - Ha Ha… Wow. What a character THAT woman was. Way to go! You inspire me. But I need the couch to 5K program.

May 3, 2010 - 3:14 pm

Tawnya - I am with Leanne. You wouldn’t pose unless it was post run hair. Way to run with others…That is Great. Happy running…

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