I went with the running club this morning. This was my second time doing a route up into Pacific Palisades and back down. There were some significant hills on this run. It was nice to feel as though I were doing better this time than the last.
The best part was I found someone cool to talk to, a guy about Paul's age who plays in a jazz band and is a big baseball fan, specifically of the White Sox and Dodgers. I can talk White Sox lore from before I was born, since that's Paul's team, and I'm completely up on the recent seasons. I'd tried to talk to this guy on past runs about jazz, but I got the feeling he was either in a bad mood or he thought I was hitting on him -- always a joy.
Guys thinking I'm hitting on them happens to me a lot more now than it did when I was heavy, and it has gone from being totally mortifying -- when it first started happening -- to mildly amusing. It's at least intellectually interesting, as I then get to try to figure out how I contributed to the misunderstanding.
This time, the jazz guy was more open. And I mentioned my husband a bunch. One problem know I can have is that I'm not the kind of woman who is always talking about my husband in person, despite my yammering away on the blog. But between the White Sox and jazz, Paul definitely came up. Plus, I'm getting smart enough to mention him soon in the conversation.
But anyway, I felt good on this little jog. We did the typical walking, and it's true that that really helps (even if not psychologically for me) -- I was more sore after my 7.5-mile jog earlier in the week than after this one.
Race and club shirts: I don't usually wear race shirts, primarily because they're really ugly and unflattering on me -- they're usually cut for men. They're also usually cotton, so they're not the best for running. But, the Surf City Half Marathon shirt looks OK and it's made of a wicking material. It has sleeves, so it's nice in colder weather. I wore it today for the run and for a trip to the store on the way home.
I found it interesting that people I ran into would ask about it -- a guy on the elevator wanted to know about the course and the clerk at the grocery store was curious about it as well. The guy on the elevator first asked if I'd ran the half -- just in case I was just wearing the shirt as a fashion statement or something.
I picked up the running club singlet today -- and it is so much nicer looking than the training shirt.
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