Sunday, November 07, 2004

Ooooh ... fun, fun, fun. A dear friend of mine who's a hockey nut recently bought me a pair of used hockey skates. He's always interested in getting more people to start skating and he thought I would totally love it. So he got them sharpened for me and yesterday I went for my first skate! Now, you have to understand that I had never before skated on hockey skates and there actually is a huge difference. The weirdest part for me wasn't the lack of toe-pick, it was the fact that the back of the blade is about an inch and a half shorter. I kept of feeling like I was falling over backwards because there was nothing there to stop me. And you also have to understand that I think I've only been skating once in the last 12 years. I was understandable nervous and thought I was going to die, but I had a total blast! As soon as I got over my initial nervousness I began to remember what skating's all about and how good it feels. I started to really enjoy the hockey skates, as somehow they actually make more sense to me than figure skates do. And I think that for the first time in my life I actually was feeling the strong desire to really skate well. It was awesome!

So now, of course, I'm feeling the overwhelming desire to go skating all the time. And I want to play hockey. It makes me sad that I can't play hockey with my friends just because I have no "official" association with MIT. Boo.

In other news, I've got yet another running goal. Check out this run. I think it looks like it would be the right one for me to do. It's going to be in March, which means that it'll still be nice and cold, so there's less of a worry of me overheating. And it's an Irish thing, which will make me feel all super-duper good about my Irish heritage. And it takes place at several locations around the world on the same day (Ireland, Australia, and Somerville, MA) which I think is really cool. And it ends up in Davis Square, where there will be music and food and all that jazz. And since it's so close to the center of the universe (Cambridge) then my friends could come out for support. Honestly, I think it's an awesome idea and a really good goal. So by March I have to be able to run 3.4 miles. I can totally do it.

I've been feeling completely uninspired to go running lately. I think it's because of the fact that I've been doing it inside on the treadmill at the gym. The problem is that I feel like it's actually better for me to do it that way. When I'm on the treadmill then I've got something that keeps the exact time for me (important for the run/walk) and I've also got something that's keeping perfect track of the speed that I'm running. One of the problems that I've always had when trying to do this outside was that I would end up running much too fast and burning out almost immediately. So having my speed right in front of me is a very helpful thing. My goal is to finish the Couch to 5K program and then start running outside. That way at least I'll be continuously running.

And that's about it for now. I'm actually off to the gym to do the aforementioned dreaded running. Ah well, it's gotta be done if I want to keep to my goal, right?


Blogger Lauren said...

It was SO fun to skate with you guys yesterday! I really really wish that we could figure out a way to get you on the team, too. Argghh. Well, we can always do the free skating part, anyway. For now...

10:00 AM  
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10:01 AM  
Blogger margaret said...

Yay free skating! I had such a blast, we'll have to do it again and again!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Mia Goddess said...

Ice hockey sounds fun! It's funny because I've always wished I had a "sport" - you know, a *reason* for keeping in shape and doing something physical. I guess running is a sport in and of itself, don't get me wrong, but I've always meant to find a sport that needed physical endurance - like soccer, skating/hockey, mountain biking, etc. and then the weights and the running are all training for that. Like you, I sometimes have to motivate to run for the sake of running. When I knew the race was coming up, it was easier because I knew I wanted to be ready for that, so running finally became it's own entity for me.

Hey, that run sounds perfect and really fun! Let me know if you want company. :)
xoxo Mia

2:28 PM  
Blogger bicia said...

I am so glad you liked skating! I am sorry the BF and I couldn't go - he had a 6am flight this morning so we didn't want to go out at all last night :) There are free skates at MIT I think EVERYDAY at noon or something - and on Fridays Nic or Jenny are there to help with skills and stuff, I am sure they'd take on another. And you don't I think NEED to be affiliated with MIT, if you had gym membership that might be enough, not sure . . . Then you could swim there too, the pool is AMAZING!

9:54 PM  

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