From Roomies to Training Buddies


This morning, I rode 12.5 miles with my college roomie, Jen.

By normal cycling standards, that’s not a ton, and it’s definitely less than the 17 miles we’ll need to ride in our upcoming tri in June.

We didn’t ride fast, either. But that’s more than I’ve rode since that last time I endeavored to do three sports in one day and more than these two girls who were very close with the Chinese food deliveryman in college ever would have ridden.

I don’t know a ton about tris – I’ve only done two sprints and, truthfully, not taken them super-seriously – but it’s fun to be the one who can answer the very basic questions for a first-timer, like what kind of shoes to wear or what kind of fuel you need.

My first long race after losing weight was the Army Ten Miler, also with Jen, and I love training for races with her. We’ve known each other for 12 years, because we’re old like that, so it’s a lot of fun to find new ways to grow an old friendship.

So, we still have lots of training to do before the race, but it’s nice to have a buddy and it’s nice that it’s the friend who held my hair back after too much Carlo Rossi in college, and that, you know, we’ve grown up a little since then.

Do you still keep in touch with your college roomies/friends? Do y’all do active stuff together? College people (are there any of you reading?): do you work out? I will rarely preach here…but I wish I’d started working out in college. Just sayin’.

14 comments on “From Roomies to Training Buddies

  1. MegG

    How great that you not only keep in touch but can share fun activities! I’ve stayed in touch with all my college roommates/teammates and organize running Hood to Coast with some of them. This year I plan to set up a training plan so we’re all better prepared and “training” together even though we’re spread out across the country.

    1. Theodora Post author

      Linds has mentioned that! That’s so cool that you guys do that. I still think it’s funny that I thought y’all were crazy in college for running…and now I am crazy too 🙂

  2. Julie

    I am a senior in high shool and already did a half marathon last year:D i can’t imagine college without working out

    1. Theodora Post author

      You=awesome. I’d always done organized sports in high school so I really had no idea how to motivate myself on my own once I got to college.

  3. Molly

    I wish I’d started working out in college, too! I worked at the gym, but I can probably count on one hand the number of times I used the equipment there. But I did walk and ride by bike a ton just to get around, so there’s that.

  4. Samantha B.

    I’m in college and I run/workout frequently! I am training for my first ever half-marathon, which also happens to be the largest half-marathon in the world (Indianapolis 500 Half). I read your blog all the time! I have been dreaming about living in NYC for as long as I can remember, so I always read your blog with a tinge of jealousy 😉 I think it’s awesome that you’ve gotten involved w/ yoga! I also struggle w/ anxiety and yoga is so great to help focus us on what’s important and let the rest go 🙂

    1. Theodora Post author

      Aw, yay on all counts: working out in college, training for the largest half! NYC is pretty awesome 🙂 It’s not always the easiest place in the world to live, but it’s worth it to me.

  5. Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad

    I was a total lazy bum in college and my weight skyrocketed. I was blissfully unaware of how unhealthy I was. I don’t really have any friends from college to stay active with but I am slowly developing friendships with active people where I live now. I am trying to at least.

  6. Jen

    I tried working out in undergrad but had no understanding of *how* to work out, so I never saw any results and felt frustrated and stopped.

    But I totally stay in touch with my college roomie who I roomed with after we became friends first year! She’s still my best friend, although she’s in Chicago so I don’t get to see her that much.

  7. Britney

    My college bestie is now a neighbor (we lived together for 5 weeks in college, next door to each other senior year, and shared an apartment for 2.5 years after college) and now that we both run I see many races together (including her first half later this year!). We haven’t trained together, yet, but that’s largely because we have very different schedules, and I tend to work out before work while she goes after.

  8. Carolyn

    I hated running because of the lack of endurance. I was not completely out of shape, but running was something I would definitely avoid doing. Not until I’ve started taking military nutraceuticals. I was pleasantly surprised at how well these products helped me to increase my stamina. Their pre-workouts deliver lots of energy, so I am feeling toned and motivated. Now I can easily run up to 10km.


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