Friday, October 1, 2010

It's all new to me

You know that when you go into anything new, it's not going to be the same. There's going to be an acclimation period. Of course that period can be a bit of a tough one when you're so used to one thing. You'd think it's just running, what could really be so different, you put one foot in front of the other and accelerate for a distance and time, then repeat that a few times. If only it were that easy. It's kind of like going to a new job. You've done this job for years and feel proficient in the knowledge of it all, but that doesn't cut it because things are run differently, there are different people and even the air is different.
This is the point at where I am with joining my new team.
I started my first practices with Central Park this week. I started a week or two later than I had planned but better late than never. As I arrive to the track, I'm not really sure what I was expecting, but whatever it was it was it wasn't what I thought it would be. It was somewhat of a surreal experience to be at the track with other runners that will become my teammates but feel so disconnected. I was waiting for the stories of the week, or what happened while we were on break. I was waiting for the excessive laughter, giggles and child-like bit of banter. I was waiting for someone to take the reins and gather the bodies to do a warmup and drills together. I was waiting to hear that we had active intervals, or a jump run as the workout. I was waiting for anything familiar, essentially I was waiting for GBTC but I got CPTC.
I know that it'll take some time to get used to and I'm willing to give it that time because in the end I know that I'm doing what's best for me and my running.