A funny thing happened to me on my way to the Forum…

Some things in life are just not funny; queuing, waiting to see the dentist, losing your keys, being late. Running however can be quite an amusing pastime.

First, I am amused at how fickle I can be. Some days I am intent on having the flattest stomach on the planet, the best time for my age/distance and I go out for a hard ‘fat burning’ run followed by lean cuisine (not the ready made variety!). Other times I trundle around the block in an almost casual manner, come back, and eat chocolate brownies.

The fact that we expose ourselves to the great outdoors when running (with apologies to the treadmill only runners) can be a source of great amusement. I wonder if I am the only one who sees if they can leap the puddles just for fun, thinks about the ‘Chariots of Fire’ music on the last stretch home, or just gets the giggles because the fact that I, a former self confessed couch potato, am running at all.

Then there are the encounters that you will inevitably have with people, dogs, and nature in general. The other day hubby was pushing himself on a quick 10K when a car drew alongside him. The window came down, the car slowed to his speed and the driver leaned out and asked directions to the pub! Not quick thinking enough perhaps his retort should have been, ‘Do I look like the kind of guy who spends all his time in the pub?’ or sorry ‘I’m not local, just passing through’. He did manage to gesticulate and indicate that the said pub was 800m ahead! Some people!

Has anyone else had any weird requests or questions when out running?

Running with a buddy can throw up all kinds of strange topics of conversation, that is if you are not belting along and unable to speak.

I had just made a comment to my hubby about the difference between men and women runners acknowledging each other. My theory was that blokes pretty much gesture, say ‘Alwight?’ (in the style of Michael Barrymore) to each other, or make some other form of greeting.

I said that most women will hail a guy too and say ‘Hi’ or smile or wave. However, in my experience women do not go out of their way to greet each other, unless they know each other. Furthermore, women may not feel inclined to greet a woman they perceive as being faster, fitter or better looking than themselves.

Just as I had finished my statement, a tall willowy blond came jogging around the corner. She beamed at Andrew and then caught sight of me and her face literally dropped. It was perfect timing if I ever needed proof of my theory! I could hardly run for laughing.

I know perhaps I ought to exercise some brevity and be serious, it is a serious business for many - times, challenges, the pressure to get better, fitter, flatter, faster. There are times when you just need to enjoy yourself, go ahead you know you want to!

Have a great week!

Pam x

 

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I know it's bad to generalise but I very rarely have my wave or nod acknowledged by a female runner and pretty much always have it acknowledged by men. A lot of my friends experience the same. We do wonder if there might be a sub-conscious perceived threat (although a short gay man weighing not much more than 8 stone is hardly a real threat to any lady - not that they would necessarily know!) It's a shame because a) I'm only being genuinely friendly and b) I don't particularly like looking a wally at nodding or hand-up acknowledging someone who completely blanks you or gives you an evil look

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I always say hello to everyone - I love saying hello and then seeing the panic in their faces as they quickly try to work out if the red-faced woman pounding down the road towards them at 6.30am is actually a genuine nutter!

I do usually run with a couple of friends so appreciate your comment about conversation.  I find we usually start off very chatty and by the end of the run we say nothing as we just fight for breath.  We have usually put the world to rights by then anyway.  

First read of your blog, looking forward to the next one.  

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Ha ha Martin, that is so funny, perhaps you should purchase a running bug shirt (I wear mine all the time) then you will almost guarantee a grin!

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You are so right MrsWade!  I think I may adopt your stance and just go for it - and say hello to everyone, no matter what!

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i run that slowly. that delivery drivers always think its ok to stop and ask me for directions. must speed up me thinks

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Scardy - that's just too funny...

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sadly true though

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I'm sure if someone stopped me they would ask "Are you O.K. mate, do you want a lift ??!

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Ha ha..I know exactly what you mean! I irritate myself by going out too fast and killing my run dead!

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I do try to say hello to everyone I see when I run around my local country park of a morning, but this morning i think i came very close to giving a poor elderly couple a heart attack as i "snuck up" on them and said good morning (with my feet pounding gravel, keys jangling in my pocket and extremely heavy breathing/panting/gasping). Although I did lose my tongue as I carried my red and sweaty make-up free face past a group of very young, attractive fire-men doing drills next to the lake... Ah well, there's always next week i suppose...

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