Despite my best efforts, the inevitable happened on Friday…I got pouty. I didn’t have a great day – not bad, just not very good – and I was lonely. I’ve met a lot of great people here already, but I was craving that connection with the people I’m closest to, the connection that lets you just hang out with no effort required. I miss my husband, my family, and my friends and my thoughts were drifting to the “I don’t want to do this for three years” realm. I quickly decided this was unacceptable, and I needed 1) an attitude adjustment, 2) something to look forward to, and 3) to set myself up to meet as many people as possible. I decided to attempt this the only way I know how…through running.
I was already planning on running with the female trail running group that is here on the island Saturday morning, so I started with them. They are doing a pick-your-distance run up a mountain in northern Okinawa in June, so I signed up. It’s on a beach/mini resort area, and it’s about two hours away, so I decided to go all in-I reserved a hotel room up there for the weekend. Go big or go home, right? I figure worst case scenario, I get in a good workout and then sunbath on the China Sea for a weekend. Hard to find a downside there.Finally, one of the other running groups on the island was looking for volunteers to make posters for a race next weekend, so I offered to help them on Sunday.
Results? The trail run Saturday morning was amazing-great run, great people, and great views. Here are some pictures from the trail (please note, only the one from the stream is mine-the rest were pilfered from another runner’s Facebook page):
The volunteering also went well-there were about five other people there and they were really nice-despite the fact that I was the awkward run who wasn’t actually running the race we made signs for, nor had I run any of the group runs with them.
Also, in a tribute to the wonders of modern technology, I was able to talk to my husband, mom, sister, and grandmother all in one weekend. I truly have no idea how people did this before smart phones and the Internet, and I am so very grateful that I am able to keep in touch so regularly and reliably.
So, in closing, I still don’t really want to be here, but I am. So I’m going to have as much fun and meet as many people as I can, and I have no doubt I’ll end up having an amazing tour here in Okinawa. Even if that means getting a reputation for being the creepy person who just randomly shows up for things.