I am super, super shy and have a really hard time meeting new people. I tend to be very introverted and have a few close friends but not a whole lot of them because, mostly, I have a hard time reaching out to new people. Theoretically, I would like to do more of it - make more friends, go out with more people, put myself out there more, but realistically, it takes me a while to psych myself up for the idea.
But the thing about hitting your 30s is that I realized my very best friends tend to be scattered across the country right now. Literally, different states from me. It's great when I can see my best friend and we do run together, but right now, she's a state over. When she finishes her ph.d. she'll likely be half the country away. And that's true of a lot of my friends who recently finished school - they're all scattered! So I realized I was looking at the very real possibility of my husband and occasional in-office work being my only face to face adult interaction.
I'm at least reasonably confident I won't ask an adult if they need to go potty....
Umm, I'm shy, but I'm not stupid, and that's probably not healthy! (Okay, not probably.) I joined my MRTT chapter a couple months ago, but last week was the first time I finally got myself to go out for a run with them. (I told you it takes a while for me to do it!) I was so nervous, my stomach felt like I had had way too much carbonation. Crazy! But you know what? It was fun! Not that I don't love running in general but my run went by SO fast and felt so much easier with someone to talk with through it! 3 miles flew by. (Like I a good blogger, I took no pictures. Whoops.)
Today I got the chance to do my long run in a group run. It was a 5 miles out 5 miles back run - I had the stroller with me and wasn't up to the full 10 (yet - I love my stroller but the furthest I'd gone with it before today was 7 miles!), so I turned back after 4.5 miles, while 2 ladies did the full 5 and one turned back after 3. The first half of that run absolutely flew by, despite persistent rolling hills and bright sun.
The second half was SO much harder! By the time I hit 7 I was wishing I'd stuck it out the last half mile because running with people felt SO much easier. I've gotta say...I'm sold. I'll probably still be nervous for a while, but score one for running with someone to talk to and making friends!
What about you? Is it easy for you to run with new people, or hard to make friends?