I recently joined a local running group, The Jersey Shore Running Club, which I have been meaning to do for a long time. I’m so glad that I finally joined because everyone has been so amazing! They are all very active on social media, so I’m meeting new people and reading more quotes and articles that are useful when training for a marathon. I joined a few early morning runs and now am trying to make it a regular habit. I was afraid I would be too slow for the group, but that wasn’t a problem! They accommodate all paces, and I actually wasn’t too slow on one run. It was fun and different and I’m so happy to meet so many new amazing people.
The group does many different runs with different sized groups, distances, and locations. One event that particularly caught my eye was their open ocean swim. I’m dying to do a triathlon (this year is the marathon so maybe next year) and I love to swim. I’m trying to also vary my training and challenge my body, so this was a no brainer. I love the ocean! It’s warm! Sign me up.
As I arrived around dinner time, storm clouds arrived as well. They decided to do the swim anyway, so we took a picture and head down to the beach. One of the members provided a bright orange swim cap (my favorite color!) mostly for group visibility. As I put mine on I realized – I didn’t have goggles! What was I thinking? Thankfully a lovely girl lent me her extra pair and I was set. Her and I dove right in and swam past the breakers and headed out. It was decided that most of us were only going to swim in one direction, as the current was a bit too strong to fight in the other direction.
I have to admit that on the drive over, I was a little nervous. I’m not talking about worrying over sharks, but I was nervous about this open ocean thing. This is a great unknown for me, and I get really uncomfortable in new situations like this. Would I be able to do it? Would I look silly? Is there anything to be afraid of in that big open blue sea? I think the answer to all of those is actually yes.
I looked silly, I swam a little less than gracefully, and I got pinched by a big ass crab that drew blood on my way out of the water. I felt so small in that ocean. Even in a group I felt alone, especially through my goggles. It was great, it was exhilarating, and it was scary as hell, but I welcomed it all. I felt a million feet tall when I stepped out of that water, despite the crab attack! Go out there and conquer your fears, friends. Don’t be afraid of failure. Also, don’t be afraid of looking like a giant penis either. I sure did and I took some great pictures for your amusement.