Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Ornery sumabit

So I've been just a little cranky lately.

Okay, a lot cranky.

Both work and my personal life have been a bit frustrating in recent months. Work for a variety of reasons too long to list here; my personal life partly because I feel like I'm not getting what I want/need out of my running group any more and I'm not yet sure what to do to fill that gap.

Our running group has gone under about five or six Director changes since I've been a member. The current (new) one is better than the last one, but the programs now are a bit confusing. I coach a Basics group and, this time around, there are about three classes going on at the same time, none of which have more than three members. Seems kind of silly to me -- but I'm not the director.

The Club, in general, has a reputation of being sort of "clicky". That was very true when I joined and, at that time, I was a very slow, much more overweight runner than I am today. I really got no respect at all and made no friends. (My sister and I had joined the club. The experience was so bad for her that she never went back). I only went back because I had run my first marathon without official training and decided to get some real training via the Club. At that time, it was just me and my Coach in the "slow runner" group. She was great and she got me through the training. I shaved over an hour off my finish time.

Since then, the "slow runners" have found a niche in the group, but we've really had to claw our way to get it. The fast runners barely give us the time of day and the new director had been a fast runner.

I will say, however, that pretty much everyone else thinks she is great.

I think I just may have outgrown the group.

I still love running with my friends, but may not need to be an official member anymore. I've been thinking long and hard about changing to a new running group -- I'll check them out after I get back from this business trip I'm on. (More about that below!)

Having said that, I did have a great run last night -- went about six miles. We are still struggling to get to spring, so the night was cold, but still beautiful.

Swimming has been coming along. I had my second lesson and have added a number of new drills to do before my third lesson. I'm really enjoying the water.

San Diego: I'm posting from a hotel here. I'm attending a business meeting for a couple of days. The weather is cold (San Diego standards) but there is no snow and an ocean -- so that rocks.

I got here earlier this afternoon and took a long walk to get my bearings. I have my running stuff and will get a run in. I also found a health club with a lap pool (an OUTDOOR lap pool) and I may go there tomorrow. The interesting this will be getting in to that pool. The air temp is only in the 60s.

When I went to check out the place, there were a couple of guys in the pool. I asked them how the water was and they reported that the water temp was warmer than the air temp, so that is a big plus.

If I do get in to the water, I'll consider it practice for those early summer open-water swims. Brrrrr.....

1 comment:

Dori said...

Oh, I love San Diego. I totally expected to end up living there, right before I found out we were moving to Minneapolis. I hope you find some good running routes.

I say, skip the pool--swim in the ocean! If nothing else, it will be memorable. :-)

So you're thinking about switching teams. I hope you'll consider mine--it would be great to have you along. But I'll warn you, it's surprisingly difficult to switch groups. You find people you can run with, and then suddenly you have to find new ones. Let me know if you want to join us sometime. Saturday's would be better, because it's daylight and you can see where you're going.

Thanks for your comments on my blog. I'm glad you liked the Irish joke.