So, LB just posted about her 5K which sounded great. Got me remembering things I've done in the past that were group physical activity and really special. I decided to write about them, both because they were really cool, and to remember the part of me that likes and participates in these kind of things. Maybe I can recapture this part of me a bit.
When I lived in Chicago, I did a late night bike ride through the city streets. It's an annual event, with thousands of people, riding 25 miles through the streets of the city....starting at midnight!!! It was so fun, with people coming out to cheer us on, lots of cameraderie, and a feeling that the city was ours!!!
When I was a kid, I remember hearing about an annual swim across the Sea of Galilee the weekend between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I remember telling myself that I was going to do it some day. I'm not sure I mentioned it to anyone, but the year I lived in Israel when I was 25, my cousin knew someone who was doing it, and he put the two of us in touch with eachother. So, I ended up doing the swim with this guy and his brother. It was actually a 4 km swim, not across the widest part of the sea by any stretch, and it was a blast!!! Thousands of people do it, from all over the country.
Here's a brief part of an article about it, from an article about open water swims:
"The annual "fun swim" in Israel's beautiful, historic Sea of Galilee (also known as Lake Kinneret) takes place during the month of October In years past, the swim attracted upwards of 15,000 participants, making it the world's biggest open water swim. (An equivalent number of participants for the U.S. would be over 675,000) But following a drought several years ago, the number has dwindled to "only" about 8,500. There are two non-competitive events: a 4K and a 2K swim Most swimmers do the longer swim. No prizes of any kind are awarded."
On a smaller scale, I've done lots of group hikes, cross country ski trips, and bike trips, and I used to do a lot of folk dancing, including going to week long dance camps in my 20's. Also, I swam on my college swim team (we were quite mediocre and I was one of the weaker swimmers, but it was a great experience) and did some synchronized swimming. I've never been an amazing athlete, but I have been healthy and active.
So, there is an athlete in here. Maybe I should think about more group activities and more outdoors activity, especially in the spring as the weather gets nicer. It's harder to figure out what works as a 50+ year old woman who's in less good shape and is married and raising a kid, than it was when I was single and in better shape.
If hunger isn't the problem, food isn't the solution