Looking ahead this week, I have a couple fun activities planned. The French class we started last week continues. As usual, John is proving to be the more dedicated student doing his homework and practicing everyday while I will likely cram just beforehand. I’m okay with being the slacker on this one, though. He can be my champion when we get to Paris and I fumble through pronunciations and simple greetings.
The other activity planned is the Hot Chocolate 15/5K. I’ll be joining a wonderful group of women for our second walk. We began last fall training for and completing the half marathon. Encouraged by our success we picked another walk and began training again after the holiday season. While this walk is shorter, I feel less prepared. I’m the slowest in the bunch. I thought by now I would have improved but it’s just not the case. I feel bad holding them back but they are so sweet that at least one always falls back to keep me company. I know I’d do this for them if the roles were reversed but it doesn’t change the fact that I feel lame not being able to keep pace and get to the finish line faster.
Despite some anxiety about underperforming, I am looking forward to spending the day with them, chatting, moving and celebrating another finish line with hot chocolate and fondue (now that’s what I call motivation!) We don’t often get the picturesque white winters here in the Pacific Northwest. In all probability, it will be overcast, cold and drizzly. But I’ll take it. Because with weather, I also get a great group of supportive friends who like to do crazy things like wake up at 6:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning to walk 10 miles and drink cocoa!
Here’s to your fresh start!