in search of female of any race, aged 22 - 35, for running partner/friendship. looking for someone who loves gourmet cuisine, running and talking about both, but isn't all that fast (8:30 - 9:30 pace optimal for long runs). must not think i am a giant loser for having a blog. nerdy profession (science, medicine, tech) is a bonus. must prefer discussing desperate housewives to the NCAA tournament. no republicans need apply.
for the most part, yesterday was lovely. i was way productive and managed a great 6 mile run in my new kicks. however, i was a little sad midafternoon when i received a phone call canceling the running date i had been looking forward to. here's the thing: i'm thrilled that i have all of this time on my hands. but i'm an extrovert, and all this quiet peaceful stillness is starting to rub me the wrong way. i need a social outlet.
i guess what i'm saying is that i'm feeling lonely.
when you work 80 hours per week, there is no time for lonely. you pretty much only think about SLEEP on your time off, and there is so much human interaction at work (not always good interaction, but still) that silence post-call is the best gift imaginable. but now? i am really feeling the fact that many of my closest friends have moved away, and i haven't really found (for lack of a better word) replacements.
the most recent and devastating loss was the departure of the wonderful s (hi, s, if you're reading!), running partner/science nerd extraordinaire. we literally lived across the street from one another, and even though sometimes my schedule led to long stretches of anti-socialness, it was easy to sneak in drinks or dinner now and then. several months before she left (and before her gestation became too much of an issue), she finally convinced me to start going on some morning runs with her, and it was fantastic.
now, she's blogging (or at least her husband is), pregnant, and -- most unfortunately -- in california. i again have time on my hands and a hip healthy enough to tolerate some AM runs, but . . . i have no one to go with. i don't really have anyone to grab a drink with after work, and while there are a few couples josh and i really love meeting for dinners out and such, it just doesn't happen as often as i would like. part of it is that coodinating the schedule of 3-4 residents is close to impossible, and the other part is that josh has been working so hard lately that i don't think he would have the energy to do anything even if we did make plans.
so yeah. i hope this doesn't come off as too pathetic, but i'm in the market for some friends. i may start going to one of the local running clubs (that's where i met s 4 years ago!) or making more conversation at the gym. in just a couple of months i will be super-busy again and this will be less of an issue, but it would be great to find someone to run with and do other fun things with over the next 4 years.
workout: 6.2 miles, average 8:54/mi. i was only going to do 5 but decided to power up a big hill to finish off the run in preparation for charlottesville! despite my aforementioned loneliness, it was a good run.
shoe report: i liked the feel of the new asics. they were bouncy and cushy. they felt 'mushier' than my brooks glycerins, which is neither a positive or negative -- it was as if i could feel the road better and as a result could respond to it a bit more. they are also lighter, but did feel a bit less supportive.
my car analogy is that the brooks glycerins are a VW passat (my mom's car) and the asics a VW golf (my car). [i'm sure there are non-VW-vehicles that would make this analogy work, but this is just based on what i've driven!] only time will tell which i will prefer in the long run (pun intended) . . . but i'm happy with my purchase.
doin' time: last night's creation was martha's tortilla soup. it was kind of fun, as you basically made a very bare-bones base of chicken broth, shredded chicken, and jalopeno, and then piled everything else on top. my only complaint is that we used up almost all of the 'sides' and still have a ton of chicken/broth. to be fair, i don't know whether this is due to the recipe's proportions or the fact that josh had a field day inhaling the homemade chips and avocado. either way, i'm going to have to find something else to do with all the leftover chicken & broth. ideas?
close-up of the homemade tortilla chips . . . the best part
highly adorned finished product