Something new, something blue?

I’m going to try something this Thursday, and it’s something I’m pretty nervous about.  It’s something I wouldn’t normally do.

You see, I’m a loner.  My friends all live 2 hours away in different directions.  I live in this bustling city Madison, WI, which is actually a fairly large city with a lot going on.  When I describe Madison, I call it an active city.  Active as in, yes there’s a lot of fitness-minded people here, a zillion gyms to choose from, and active as in there’s always something going on.

So why would I be a loner in this city?  It’s something from time to time that gets me down.  I’ve met one couple that I get together with from time to time, and this couple that I met have been the only friends I’ve made in Madison since I moved here in 2004.  So… it’s 2010, I’ve been in this great city for six years and still haven’t made any connections?

What am I going to do about that?  I’m going to attend a group run on Thursday.  Uh-huh. 

Did I mention I’m shy?  Often times I blame my shyness for my lack of meeting new people, but I know that I’ve tried.  I’ve gone to Flickr-meets (www.flickr.com), I joined the busiest gym, I go to all the local festivals, I took dance class…

In the mean time, I took up running..which is mostly a solo hobby/sport/addiction.  On a lot of my runs I’ll notice other runners who run with another person, and I think, “That would be nice“.

So it’s going to be nice.  I’m going to try it.  This Thursday.  Try and stop me.

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5 thoughts on “Something new, something blue?

  1. Good for you for planning to attend the group run. A good way to meet & chat with new people is to have something in common you relate to – like running. Perhaps, youll even find a running buddy or two. I run with someone and though we don’t talk during – it’s great company and motivation and then we always chit chat after. Have fun on Thurs.

  2. This is great news! I hope you find some new friends. On the positive side – now you will have other peeps who will love talking running with you. I’m quite excited for your marathon countdown also.

  3. I joined a running group the first time I trained for a half. I can say it definitely helped with learning out to keep pace! It can’t hurt to put yourself out there. Let me know how it goes!!

  4. OK now, WAIT-JUST-A-MINUTE. You live in Madison? I LIVE IN MADISON. I run. I feel a lot of your “loner” pain, although I’ve made a few great friends here. WHY AREN’T WE FRIENDS? We are going to remedy this. Probably immediately.

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