Yesterday I got the opportunity to run with The Wonder Teen. Her parents were on a golf vacation and asked if she could spend the weekend with us. "Would that be OK?" They asked.
Hmmmm. Let's see, where do we start? She doesn't have an aversion to folding laundry (for one day I did not have overflowing laundry baskets and all clean clothes were put away--Wowza!). She tells "homemade" stories to the girls (as in not read from a book) and sings Aerial songs to them in perfect pitch at bedtime. She has no qualm about spending the day with four kids, and to top it off is an honors student, all-state bassoonist, and played lead in the school musical. That's not even all of it. Now you know why I call her The Wonder Teen. Of course I was happy to do them this little favor.
It was nice to have her around for the weekend and to get a run (and yoga class) in together. For the last year--in addition to earning her title as Wonder Teen--she got up to run with me Wednesday mornings at 6 a.m.
I remember when Workout Pam moved away I put out the call to various neighbors looking for running company (I was like that duckling in the children's book, "Are You My Mother?," who goes from animal to animal in search of his life source. Instead my question was "Are you my workout partner?") As it turned out it was my babysitter--The Wonder Teen--who accompanied me most often. Which brings me to my point (yes, there always is a point, eventually): You never know where you'll find your next workout partner. And my second point: if you want a workout partner they are quite possibly under your nose. And a third point, which I haven't gotten to in this post but did in a former post: You are your best workout partner. A fourth, and distantly related point is: If you start running with your babysitter you'll need a back-up sitter if you want to run with company and without your kids.
The Wonder Teen is feeling a little aimless about her running without our scheduled workouts. You already know I'm feeling aimless too. But I'm certain it won't be for long. I know I'll continue to workout with or without company. I also know I will eventually find new friends to workout with. Most importantly I'm reminded that, workout partnerships might not always last, but the friendships do. And I have been so lucky to accrue so many good friends on the run.