Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Running Like a Cat

A few weeks ago, I read an interesting blog post on Carrots ‘N’ Cake called “Runners are like Cats and Dogs.” The gist of the post was that runners either prefer to run alone like cats, or run with a pack like dogs. The end of the post posed the question, “Are you a dog runner or cat runner?”

 In response to this question, I immediately identified myself as a dog runner. If given a choice, I would rather run with another person than run alone. I’m more motivated to stick to my planned runs when I’m with another person, I’m more likely to stick to the planned distance when I’m with someone else, and I enjoy the runs more when I have someone to chat with (and I think it goes without saying that I especially enjoy my runs when they’re with Amy).

(My mom and dad's pug, Sophie)

Because I’m a dog runner, losing Amy as a running buddy has been particularly difficult. While I could try to find a new running buddy, my heart just isn’t in it. I simply can’t imagine experiencing the same ease that I had with Amy in both stride and conversation.

And so, I’ve resolved to try and meet my biggest running challenge yet: To learn to run successfully independently.

In truth, my attempt at this transformation has proved exceptionally difficult over the past few weeks. I’ve shirked my planned runs and when I have decided to hit the pavement or the treadmill, my runs have been short and uninspiring. Running solo is hard. But with a training plan for my next half marathon all mapped out, I know that I’m going to have to confront this challenge head on and learn to cope with, if not learn to enjoy, running like a cat.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What I’m Doing These Days

It’s been over a month since I’ve last posted and there are many, many reasons why. They include:

A trip to Philly to see my best friend Holly and watch Ryan play in a soccer tournament. Holly, Ryan and I had an amazingly delicious meal at Matyson Restaurant, which is seasonal AND byob.
If you're ever in Philly, eat there. You won't be disappointed.

A Michael Jackson Cover Band Concert. Enough said.

A trip to Florida to see my sister and brother-in-law.  Regan is having her first baby and is due any day now! I can’t wait to meet the little guy! 

A trip to the Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. We lounged on the beach, got sunburned despite our best intentions, ate ourselves silly and drank more than I care to mention.

A trip to Hartford, Connecticut for a work-related conference. It was my first time in Hartford and I really disliked it. Fortunately, because I was just two hours from RI, my parents came in and met me for dinner one night.  It was so wonderful to see them.

A birthday celebration for my beautiful friend, Brenna. We had a good time….
Two books that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

During and in between these fun things, I’ve managed to exercise an average of three times per week (minus my time in Kitty Hawk). I’m also slowly but surely getting back into running, although much of my endurance has been lost. More on this to come.

I hope your summer has been as fun filled as mine!