This weekend, I had Friday and Saturday off from work, so I made plans with some of my teammates to meet up in our college town. Yesterday, I ran a workout, took an ice bath, and headed down after breakfast. After thunderstorms and bad traffic, I finally arrived…and one by one, all of my friends cancelled.
AWESOME. I almost turned around and drove 3 hours home.
However, it’s important to be comfortable spending quality time with yourself! Sometimes things don’t turn out the way you expected for a reason. The trip turned out differently than I expected, but it was honestly still a good time! The worst part was the traffic.
Since I hadn’t been back in our college town since the end of spring semester, I spent a couple hours just enjoying being there. It was pretty stormy and gray, which was perfect weather to do a bit of outlet shopping and then take myself on a date to my favorite coffee shop/restaurant.
I enjoyed some Caribbean blackened salmon, grains and veggies, and a massive slice of “Chocolate Overload” cake while reading A Walk Across America, Part 2.
After awhile, I made plans to crash at a friends’ apartment. I met her subletter, who was extremely nice, and we actually ended up talking for a long time that evening!
This morning, I made plans to long run with a new teammate and another acquaintance who were both in the area. We met early at a local park and bike path, and I ran with them for 100 minutes (~13 miles) for a new personal distance record! I hadn’t spent too much time with either of them, but the run flew by as we all shared stories. At one point, one of them mentioned that we had already been running for almost an hour, and I was shocked!
After 13 miles, I headed back to the locker room to stretch, roll out, and ice bath. Talked to a couple track teammates that happened to be there at the same time. Then, I headed into the historic area to wander around (read: get coffee and free fudge samples) at all the cute shops.
After running some errands, I went to tour the apartment complex that my roommate and I will be moving into this year! We’re excited to start planning the set-up.
Finally, I hit the road and drove home. Traffic wasn’t great, and it took a pretty long time. Stopped for a fruit-and-yogurt pit stop. I’m done driving long distances for awhile 😉
Anyway, this solo trip was definitely out of routine for me. I am not the world’s most extroverted person, and I generally don’t spend hours talking to new people. But for the past 26 hours, I did! I met some awesome people, made plans that I wouldn’t normally make, was generally productive, and was also comfortable spending time with myself. I’m quite happy about this. To top it all off, this morning’s long run was incredible! I felt like I could have gone farther and faster. 🙂