Hey, guess what guys I run. I know real shocker. My name has run in it, I mention my runs but truth be told I rarely actually talk about running all that much. This was brought to my attention by a little bird and I have to say, it is true. I honestly believed when I started this blog I would be babbling on about my runs till the dogs came home but in reality I don’t. I kind of worry about the bore factor, I mean who really cares about my running? Some people want to stay far away from running, I get that. We all have different things we love. For me, I love running. I mean love love LOVE running.
I don’t have a good reason for this, I just have a lot of delusions that kind of keep me from embracing the runner side of it. One, I feel like I would bore you. 60 mile weeks are not always filled with those freaking amazing can’t stop runs, they just aren’t. Two, I still have trouble considering myself a real runner. I know I can run but I am not fast and really not all that good. Since I stopped competing in running after freshman year of college, times lost meaning to me. I barely remember most times of the races I have run. Three, I have my running quirks.
So since I never really let you in on the ‘run within’, I decided to share some of my non-negotiable running quirks. You ready?
- I don’t keep track of the exact distance or exact time of each run. For instance, this morning I went around 9.5 miles – ish. I have a Garmin but try not to run with it more than twice a week. I don’t even wear a watch when I run anymore. I have a few routes that I know how long they are and I just modify them based on how I feel, deciding whether to up or down the distance. This is probably one of my biggest quirks because honestly I will never know if I hit more of a 65 mile week or a 60 mile week. The world may never know.
- I only wear Mizunos. Oh wait did you know this already? I think you do. First shoe I ran in and last shoe I will run in.
- I have to wear something around my waist. (Have I scared you away yet?) Molly can attest to this, I always run with something tied around my race. I don’t know if it is mental but I swear it helps my running form and helps my core stay more engaged. I sometimes do it at races, totally depends on the mood I’m in.
- I was taught by my family that before a race you have to take a shit. Wow Alex, thanks for that knowledge. But for real, they say this arabic phrase every time we head to the Falmouth Road Race. That has been ingrained in me and now before a race, it has to happen.
- I run best in the morning, I bet you could guess that. If I am not running with someone, if it hits 2 pm there is no way a run will happen for that day. I honestly do not understand how I did in high school. Since college, morning time is my time.
- I don’t do out and back routes. Never ever ever. That is one reason track kills me. I need a change of scenery so all my routes are loops that give me minimal time on the same path.
- I have never tapered for a half. Most of my races I have hit my 60 mile week the week before. Again, this goes back to that non legit runner in me. Races are just runs to me, runs on a new path in a new place.
- I don’t eat before my runs or during my runs. I think this is primarily due to my sensitive stomach but eating before a run ensues some major problems throughout it. Even races, I barely can stomach anything before. Races I tend to eat jelly beans during the race or swedish fish or sweet tarts but not a whole ton.
- A bush can be used. You know what I mean. I would say 4/6 runs a week I do I use a bush. Sorry team to let you in on this but in the morning sometimes you just have to go.
- I overdress and underdress. Let me explain. I have only worn pants running two times this year, TWO TIMES. I wear shorts in most anything but totally overdress up top. Like three to four layers. Oh and gloves are a must, I hate cold hands. Every race I will bring throw away gloves because I need to at least start with them.
Hopefully I didn’t bore the heck out of you, now you all know the runner within. The crazy, quirky runner within.
Question: What are some of your running or exercise quirks?