I’m glad that many of you feel the same way about yoga as I do. Aka hate it. Not to bash yoga, like I said yesterday, I really WANT to like it. But for the past 5 years I just leave so agitated that I’ve stopped going. I figured 5 years was enough to let my body adjust right? hahaha
I also love how you guys have told me to embrace the new normal. So that’s what I’m going to try to do. I do have the mental roadblock of…well what happens if the old normal comes back? But I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Anyway, on my run…Saturday? Sunday? Yesterday? (My days are so mixed up!) a woman called out to me “Do you run for your school?”. To which I turned around and was running backward (I hate to stop running mid-run!) “No but I’ve run marathons for myself”. I thought that would be the end of it but NO she wanted to chat. Grrrrrrr.
Well it wasn’t sooooo bad. Apparently her daughter runs XC for one of the private schools in town and just finished up her freshman year and wants to get better. The mother sees me out running EVERYWHERE (well duh when you’re running doubles…) and wanted to know if I’d be interested in giving her daughter tips and whatnot and possibly running with her.
Well I’m not 100% thrilled with the idea for multiple reasons.
First, I hate running with others. Yes I know I just wrote about my buddy run and how I enjoyed it but running with a 15 year old is a totally different thing. Obviously there’s the whole “she’s 15 thing” but to be honest I hate changing my routine for people. Especially when it’s regarding something I hold as me time.
Second, I am way to hard and demanding to be a coach or anything similar to that (I throw around the word coach but it’s not really what I’m doing. I’d just be giving little pointers not like designing some big training scheme or anything). I’m way to hard on myself (as I’m sure you’ve noticed) and I get easily frustrated when people don’t live up to my expectations.
So why did I say yes? Call me crazy but I like mentoring people. I’ve actually based a lot of my high school and college extracurriculars on mentoring others. And that’s what I consider this to be. I’m obviously not getting paid or devising a way to make her the best runner on her team. I guess what I’m really doing is trying to *inspire* her.
I don’t really consider myself “motivational” or “inspirational” (and no I’m not fishing for compliments here although if you’re so inclined…. ) but I have had people tell me that they love to see me running and that it makes them want to lace up their shoes and get out there. I don’t know if I’ve actually gotten anyone to do it but planting the seed is the first step right?
It’s always awkward, though, when people say things like that because I have the gut reaction to deny it and play my attributes down as many people do (which is why this stupid medical school personal statement isn’t coming along as easily as I’d like). And I’ll never forget the time I was at the gym doing quarter mile repeats and I had an older gentleman come up to me and tell me that I was the reason he kept working out longer. Awwww. I then told him that he’s an inspiration to me because I want to be really active when I’m older too, which deflected the praise a bit. Oops.
Bobbi had a good post on Monday about inspiration and how it’s an amazing feeling to know you have an impact on other people’s lives. I know that there are so many people in the world, both who I know, “know” and don’t know, who inspire me and I guess I want to be able to give back to the running community because that’s one area of service I have yet to tap into. And if I can get this girl to be MORE into running (because, let’s face it, she must already like it if she’s on an XC team) then I’ll be happy.
Soooooooooo I want to hear from YOU: have you ever been told you’re an inspiration? Have you ever told someone that they are an inspiration to you? It’s funny how we’re often unaware that the things we do in everyday life are noticed by others and remembered.
AND: any tips for me so I don’t turn into a dictator? I just have such high expectations for everything that I can be a bit….well I don’t want to say mean but that’s probably how it comes out sometimes. I just get so invested in something that I lose my objectivity.
And holy self-serving post Batman! Hopefully you guys don’t think of me as stuck up and high-and-mighty after reading this but it’s been something I’ve been thinking about lately after that woman stopped me.
Now time for clothes! Hahaha. I think it was on Sunday a woman my mom works with decided that she didn’t want half her wardrobe or something so she sent home 2 bags of clothes that I got to go through. Some workout stuff, some more “professional” looking. Most of it still had the tags on?! Lots of the stuff didn’t fit but I have some nice (and apparently NEW) clothes. Not like I really need more. Well the professional stuff yes. But everything else?*Inserteyerollhere*
And another frivolous thing: I bit my tongue yesterday eating lunch so hard that I was literally gushing blood! OMG it hurt so bad and now I have an open wound in my mouth. Lovely. That still hurts! Guess I’m going to have to break the salt addiction soon right Amy? Gahh I’m such a salt-a-holic (I put it on EVERYTHING. For realz).
Of course my running: it’s been going. I’ve had this crazy notion of doing 20 miles. Not in one fell swoop of course but 3 X ~7ish wouldn’t be so bad right? Just an idea at this point but you know me when I get an idea….like: it’s going to happen, the question just becomes when. Hahah.
Alright I need to go review some more before my class tonight (and since the CELTICS are at LA tonight therefore having a 2100 tip off, I’ll be able to watch some of the game afterward) but I’m hoping everyone is having a great Tuesday