"A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one."
~ Rita Mae Brown
I decided to sign up with the West Coast Road Runners. This is the same running group I was with last year. I was hesitant at first because, as I mentioned in a previous post, I didn't really feel like I connected with the group. It probably didn't help that I was too slow for the pace group I joined... and too fast for the walker group. I sort of felt like I was my own, unique pace group and I ran alone.
There are a few reasons why I decided on this group:
- I like that I know what to expect with this group. I know the routes they run and how the group works.
- This year, it looks like they are including run/walkers as a group. When it comes to injury prevention, I like the Galloway way... if you aren't familiar with this training method, it's basically a run:walk program. For example, run for 5 minutes... walk for 2 minutes... run for 5 minutes... walk for 2 minutes... and so on. I may join that pace group.
- I have received the unofficial word that the San Diego Rock & Roll will include a half this year. I called the race organizers today and was told that they were awaiting "confirmation" that the half is logistically do-able. When I pushed the very nice girl on the phone, she said I could feel pretty comfortable about training for a half. Suh-weeeet! I like the idea of training for a local race with a local running group.
- My funny running buddy, Mitchell, called today to see if I'd be interested in signing up with him. He is like a brother to me and is largely responsible for me signing up for the Rock & Roll Marathon last year. That was the final confirmation I needed. We don't run together because he is faster than I am but it's nice having a good friend to carpool and share experiences with.
I decided I'm going to do it. I may end up mostly walking it but that's OK. We won't be making a long, romantic weekend of it, as planned, but Guitar Hero offered to drive up to Huntington Beach with me the morning of the race. I'll do the race as best as I can, get my medal & shirt, chalk it up to experience, and go home.
Strength & Cross Training
A few months ago, I canceled my gym membership. I did this as a way to help ease our financial obligations. The problem is, I'm just not as motivated to work out at home. Plus, there are too many distractions at home. Just after I canceled my membership, I got a job. I would have kept my membership had I known that was going to happen.
Yesterday, I received a flier in the mail for a new gym in our area that allows the option to pay monthly... no commitment and only $10 per month. There's no pool, no childcare, and no extras included in this deal. It sounds like what I need! I decided to check this gym out and join, if I like it. I plan to check it out tomorrow so I'll let you know how it goes.
Alright, Running Blogger Friends... time for me to catch up on what is going on in your lives! Have a fantastic Wednesday!