Since I am not running as much right now I've been taking time to allow my body to adjust to my new diet, letting my feet get better, and I've been reflecting on the last year and a half of my running career and I've learned a few things. Some things I learned the hard way, but eh #RedHairDon'tCare. (That's my favorite Twitter HashTag by the way)
It happens from time to time and luckily everyone that I have seen bite the dust has been ok. Let's keep it that way. But it never fails. Every training season at least one person in my group has suddenly been viciously attacked by gravity. Why didn't Newton also discover the crazy Matrix moves that would keep us from falling to the ground?
If you haven't trained with a group, you probably don't think about the randomness of group dynamics until you have experienced them first hand. For example, I like to run towards the front of the group to avoid others passing gas and being downwind of them. And don't forget about the random conversations that everyone can hear that are often TMI. No offense, but when I'm running I'm trying to find my happy place and your Baby-Daddy issues are not my business nor my concern. However, If you want to talk about what happened on this week's episode of Survivor, I'm all ears!
Now here's something that doesn't happen very often. My training group was once mooned by a guy in another group because my coach was yelling at him (funny things and words of encouragement of course) as his group passed mine. True Story Y'all! (That is probably the funniest thing I've ever seen while on a training run.)
During my last marathon I felt like the most popular kid on the street! During the race everyone was calling me out by name and telling me to Keep Going, or Keep up the good work or whatever. It took me a few seconds to realize that my name was printed on my bib and they weren't my fan club. ::Insert Sad Music Here::
But really this is the best part about the running community. I didn't realize that people I didn't even know would be pulling for me and cheering for me. I love it!
Nobody really tells you about black toes nails.
They do happen and they are gross. And to make it even worse, it takes a really long time for your feet to look normal after that. This is a lesson I learned the hard way. Eight months later, my toes are back to normal. Oh and don't even get me started on blisters and bloody toes. Ugh!
I wrote an entire blog post about this. You can read it here. But I'm serious. When I'm running something happens and my normal ability to do simple math, repeat my name, or plan what I'm going to have for lunch goes completely out the window. Running can also make you very ADD. One minute you are thinking about your dog, then the next thing you know, you are in the middle of a conversation about Maroon 5. Huh? Anyways, luckily this is a temporary thing. Squirrel!
True Story. We ran 3 Half Marathons in 90 Days and then less than 6 months later, we ran 3 Marathons and an Ultra Marathon in 4 months time. That doesn't even count the 5ks, 10ks, and 15ks we ran in between those. Is there a Running Anonymous group I should join? As I type this I am really starting to see how addicted we are! No, but really? Is there?
Our cars eve now have multiple running related stickers on them just so everyone can tell we are serious about running. Real. Serious.
Think about those two words. Ice. Bath. Sounds like torture to me and it is! Enough said.
I usually just smile and nod. :)
But really? Running is bad for my knees? Well eating junk food on the couch is bad for my heart sooo... I'll get a shiny new bionic knee while you sit and wait on the heart transplant list! Ok - that one was cruel, but c'mon it's true!
So what have you learned in your first year or many years of running?