Friends and doing stuff with others…reflecting

I like doing stuff with other people….I don’t always do that, and there have been times when I haven’t been the most reliable person in the world, but whenever I can, things always seem to work out for the better.

This weekend was a perfect example……a new Friday evening Run Club

With someone that hasn’t run with us for a long time, but it was fine..even though just under 5K, broken up into 3 and 1s (run 3 minutes, walk 1)….the smile on that face was worth it, a bit of fitness for all..it all adds up, and we get to share what we love to do…so all good……and something I’ve always done, so bringing stuff back to where I’ve been…..and one more Run Club to add to my weekly schedule.

Saturday..out on the bike with more friends….it was so much fun, enjoyable….50K, I wasn’t that quick, but when it was my turn to set a pace, it felt so good…..again, something I used to do every Saturday, so nice to get back to that…….

At this point in my life/family commitments, I can only do this every second Saturday, but making that commitment, and being able to gather others to do something, felt right……loved it…for me, everything I’ve done, races, triathlons, marathons, has always been more about the journey than the results…it’s about doing stuff with others, with friends, making those commitments.

And then yesterday’s 10K (I should have gone further)……but, we had a Sunday group……that worked!

We had people!…….this worked out so well, and for a lot of the run…even though dead tired, I did feel strong, and just at the start, just felt so good….right..and running with friends, old and new…..

This is kind of what my life used to be like at it’s best……it’d be so great to get back to that..just running, biking, swimming, working out, yoga……eating, groups, a variety of groups…..is this the start of getting back to that?….Hope so.

Recently someone asked me what the secret to this life was, and right from the start, as much as I like my me time, it’s about being social…..doing stuff with others….while chatty Cathy time doesn’t really work in the pool/lake…or really on a bike, but it’s doing with others, starting, finishing, during…this is kind of how it really started and took off for me….joining in with a Saturday morning group, a group that carried me along…all those years ago…hopefully now, I can share that somehow…….

The one secret too, has been doing a lot of stuff….that was when I was in my best shape ever, nothing scared me…..and I’ve said this before, but I never really trained…I just did, stuff…..biked, ran, swam etc……I mean, why not?….I don’t know if I felt fit, but it felt good…and everything else fit in, work, family life….just life felt good, maybe the secret to a good life, a life well lived…….so, am I back to that?

w

It doesn’t get better than this

You wake up

you bike to work……you sell some shoes, you stock the shelves, organize the storage room, you bike home…….you go to your run club, a quick – really quick – 4K…’cause, there’s hockey!

I gotta say, I’ve never felt so good….doing stuff, with people……and by myself.

I don’t know it’s because I’m now almost constantly active, because it’s summer – almost – but I have never felt so positive…

Maybe that’s the secret…just doing rather than just watching, a do-er, not a watcher…….it’s not about being fit, it’s not about trying to be the best at everything……or anything, it’s just getting off of the couch,

and just doing…….taking those deep breaths.

not the prettiest picture, but, feeling good…..do you sit on the beach, or do you dive right in…

yeah, I am stupid old….63.5, but it feels like, every day it feels like I’m playing……I don’t think about anything, or what, I just go……this isn’t about becoming fit, or eating healthy, just, well, playing….

I think I’ve figured this thing out…

and an admission……last night, I woke up, and thought, maybe I’d give up…….give up on the Run Clubs, retire from my Running Room job……a low moment…

then this morning, hopped onto the bike, rode down a few paths….and, well, never felt better…..and worked hard…for 5 hours, without missing a beat….doing something I love doing…..

and then tonight’s run club…sure only 1 more runner, but, a run….another positive….all positive

So feeling fine, living, outside in the sun…..walking, running, biking…..getting stronger every day……

a life well lived, that’s it’s own reward….

w