I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but I was born on a Friday the 13th. Whenever one rolls around, it's always a little fun for me. Sometimes they end up being really good days, and I always like to think it's because I'm especially luck on them. Of course, sometimes they're also relatively normal days... so we'll see how today turns out.
I swam 500 yards yesterday! It was pretty exciting for me. Granted, I had to rotate breaststroke and freestyle because I just can't do numerous laps of free just yet. I also had to stop and take little breaks in between every other lap, but I tried to run in the shallow in to keep my heartrate up a bit. I know that when I was on the swim team in high school, the first couple of weeks kicked my butt. I figure this is kind of like that... without running much, my cardiovascular isn't quite up to par. I want to work on the swimming though... I saw a new flyer for an indoor triathlon for people who have never done one, so I'm kind of toying with the idea in my head. We'll come back to this later.
I have opted to not say anything about it on here, but I've been back to the single life for a while now. Thus, I have no big Valentine's Day plans. I just didn't want that to be a big surprise when I make no mention of a romantic weekend. But it's my blog and I didn't want to talk about it here. I'll be hanging out with some friends at various times this weekend, so it should still be a fun one... but it'll just be a regular old weekend.
I have to say... I've only ever had one really good Valentine's Day. I guess despite my Friday the 13th birth, I've been pretty unlucky in love so far. (Don't worry... I don't lose hope. There's a man for me out there somewhere.) I even remember getting strep throat in the 2nd grade and having to miss our Valentine's party and field trip to go roller skating (and I LOVE roller skating, so I'm sure my 7-year-old self cried over this).
I've only ever had a boyfriend for 3 V-Days, but the first year with him kind of sucked and then the third year he didn't ask off work. (In his defense, he did send me flowers to work and take me to dinner the next day, so it turned out fine.) But the middle year? We were young and happy and thought we had everything all figured out. We turned a Monday V-Day into a whole weekend affair. I went and decorated his room with streamers and balloons when he wasn't home. We went to see a chick flick. We went to the lake and enjoyed the scenery. We went out dancing. He came to my place on V-Day morning and surprised me by cooking me breakfast in bed. We went to a nice dinner downtown that night. It was a really fun 3-day celebration. I suppose I just didn't know then that it'd have to tie me over for a while. :)
It's ok, really... this is no pity party. I am not the kind of girl who is so desperate to have a boyfriend that she'll run out and grab one. Honestly, V-day is just a commercial holiday and isn't that big of a deal. I think for me it's more that it reminds me that I do desire someone that I can do fun, creative, thoughtful things for to express how I feel (any time of the year). I know a lot of people feel this way.... it's just fun to do little things for someone you're dating. Whenever I'm single on Valentine's Day, I find myself thinking about how it's ok I'm single, but that when I'm not again, I have a ton of great ideas of fun things to do for a significant other. I miss being able to give to another person.
Anyways, tonight I'm hanging out with a friend, another friend is stopping to have lunch with me tomorrow as he drives across the state, and I'm going with another friend to yet another friend's place for a little party tomorrow night. It should be a fun weekend.
I'm also hoping to knock out some more scrapbooking on Sunday and hit up the yoga class. (Running a bit today!) I'm feeling good about getting back into shape. It's still going to take a while, and it's really hard to feel like my lungs aren't able to keep up and my left leg is so weak... but I'll get there. I'm really enjoying mixing it up with the biking and swimming and yoga and strength training. I am determined to come back to marathon racing stronger than ever before, and I know all this cross training will play a role in making that happen.
Whether you find yourself single or taken this weekend, I hope you all have a terrific one! A shout out to Sarah... she's running her first marathon ever tomorrow! Good luck to anyone else who may be racing.