Friday Fitness News: Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy

Happy, happy, happy Friday! I am experiencing an unusual amount of sleepiness this fine morning, so if I spell things wrong and links don’t work…blame my J-pouch for waking me up an hour before I needed to be up today.

Fail, J-pouch. Fail.

Ugh. I hate when my alarm goes off after I've been up for an hour. Reminds me of all the cozy, snuggly sleep I missed.

Ugh. I hate when my alarm goes off after I’ve been up for an hour. Reminds me of all the cozy, snuggly sleep I missed. Garfield knows what I’m talking about.

I am happy to report that I am 1/4 of the way towards meeting my goal for Team Challenge! Don’t forget to sign up for the Kick Ass 5K and a chance to win a trip for you and 9 friends to Acapulco, Mexico. Seriously.

I am less thrilled about allergy season descending upon us. Yuck. Then again, allergy season also coincides with it being birthday season sooooooooo…I’m not that mad.

But that’s not the news this week. This is:

 

Love the MCM & I never have trouble registering on Team Fisher House.

Love the MCM & I never have trouble registering on Team Fisher House.

 

Obviously, Birdie & I are the same as Kara & Shalane. Duh.

Obviously, Birdie & I are the same as Kara & Shalane. Duh. (Image courtesy of Examiner.com)

What did I miss? Is there a workout I need to try in NYC? One you’re rocking in your hometown this weekend? Who’s racing this weekend? Don’t forget to tell me so I can cheer you on!

Now go out and run.

Making {runner} Friends

There have been times in my life when it’s been difficult for me to make friends.

  1. Camp, when I was a couselor.
  2. College, when I was an RA.
  3. School in general.
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I can’t imagine other camp counselors thinking I’m uncool based on this picture alone.

I always ended up making the best friends in the end, but it was not an easy road and it was often lonely.

Moving to a new city or graduating from school can really mess with your running buddy lineup. I know it did mine!

First marathon trained & run allllll by myseeee-eeeelf.

First marathon trained & run allllll by myseeee-eeeelf.

I tried a few running groups but ran into the same problems as before:

  • Everyone else already had friends in the group.
  • No one wants to hang with the overly chatty new girl.
  • I do not come off as “cool”, even on my best days.

I know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, but I had to be someone’s.

FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!

FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!

Enter Twitter and the blogging world.

New friends? Check! New running buddies? Check! New studios to get my sweat on? Check!

Some of my newest and most exciting goals are coming straight from my Twitter friends.

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200+ miles in 24 hours with 12 teammates in 2 vans? I’m in!

And the Twittersphere and Blogosphere have given me the opportunity to not only meet fellow runners and sweat-a-holics like myself, but it has introduced me to some of my favorite fitness gurus ever whom I love (and miss–WHY DOES EVERYONE LEAVE ME?!?!) dearly.

Ambassador Buddies forever!

Ambassador Buddies forever!

Steven, DON'T GO!!!!!!! I mean, I guess it's a great opportunity and all but we will miss you!

Steven, DON’T GO!!!!!!! I mean, I guess it’s a great opportunity and all but we will miss you!

Plus, they tweet-cheer you on when you hit up their class or kick butt on a run!

So, if you’ve just moved or want to get into a fitness community or need a running buddy, take to the Internet! Hit up Twitter and make new friends. You’ll be surprised by how warm and welcoming everyone is. And, hey, you might meet your BrFF: Best running Friend Forever. I’m off to run with a new friend right now.

Now go out and run!