Earlier this week I made the impulsive decision to go to the first 3.5 mile race in the Media Challenge Series to cheer on my colleagues and see some friends from other companies (including Brenn). Spectating and hanging out with other runners cheers me up and inspires me, and I was relieved to finally be able to report to everyone that I was definitely on the mend as we mingled before the start.
This morning I hit the gym again, and did my strength and balance exercises. This workout includes squats on a bosu, static lunges on the bosu (deceptively difficult), squats with 10lb dumbbells, the leg press machine, and my mat workout. Owe (in the good way)! Then, the highlight of my day: 15 quality minutes with my new flame, Mr Treadmill. Funny how I used to think he was so boring, but now? Now he puts a great big smile on my face, even though I’m the one doing all the work.
So, I had no hard feelings when it came time to watch others race. It was just plain fun–a whole hour of running talk, finding out that one of our young guns editors was a high school middle distance track star and our sci-fi specialist is signing up for the Brooklyn Half. Who knew? Seeing my office mates getting their competitive dander up on the course was fun, too. We showed well, with two runners in the top five. And, I am looking forward to when I’ll be able to race with everyone in June.
(Brenn came in sixth, despite the sliders he had for lunch (apparently they slid back up somewhere around mile 2. Yeah!). The top female finished in 21:57. Whoo-ee.)