"Today's theme is .... Only in running... Have you ever noticed that your definition of "acceptable" changes when it comes to your running? Your standards of public displays of bodily functions lower, you find it acceptable to give bear hugs to sweaty complete strangers who you bonded with in the last mile of a tough race, you easily pay $100+ for a pair of shoes you may wear a few months, and on and on. Share your take of the interesting and peculiar things running brings into our lives."
- Upon seeing someone wearing a t-shirt from a run event is every reason to strike up a conversation about running. ("Did you actually run in that race? Are you planning to do that one again this year? How did you do? Did you PR? How about that hill at mile 6?")
- I, too, have given and received hugs to or from people before, during and after a run event. The sweatiest people were at the 23.5 point at last year's San Diego Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, where I volunteered at the hydration tables. I hugged a whole lot of sweaty people that day.
- Because I run my father thinks I know everyone who runs. I think this is funny because I don't think my dad realizes how many people run, and just in my city alone. ("My doctor runs. She has all of her race numbers taped to her office wall. You probably know who she is!")
- I accepted a ride to a run event from a blogging runner who I had never met in person. That was 3 years ago. (Remember what your mom said about accepting rides from strangers?) I'm still alive, no creepy person, and we're still friends. Hi Anne!
- It was so cold that we thought nothing of reusing someone else's discarded gloves! The 2007 PF Chang's AZ Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon had start of the race temperatures around 24 degrees Fahrenheit . Who would have thought it would be THAT cold? Phoenix NEVER gets that cold, or so we had just assumed. The race brochure shows people running with tank tops and shorts and boasts about the warm climate. Even the locals were perplexed with the cold snap. Around the second mile of the run we were so cold that my husband "shopped" the ground for discarded mittens/gloves. At first my reaction was "ewww", but my fingers were numb and any warm mittens/gloves would do. I got over the "ewww-ness" of it.
I'm sure I'll think of more "only in running" incidents later, but those are the ones that come to mind.
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