Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I am the Cool Kid



I have come to the conclusion recently that I must be the cool kid around town. I have been running for a couple of years now and I have noticed a significant increase in the amount of runners that I come across on a daily basis now. I remember the days of going out for a run and being the only one out on the track. I remember being able to run out in the desert and being completely alone aside from the occasional dirt biker or the helicopter flyby when I wandered too close to the U.S. Marine base. But now when I go to the school track there are several other people wandering in circles on it. When I run around town I cross paths with other runners on a regular basis. And now when I seek the solitude of a run out in the desert I am greeted by other sweaty runners doing the same thing. So there you have it. I am too popular and cool for my own good. I take the responsibility of the running craze in my town. :)

Stay off my running paths!

OK, maybe my head is too big. Just maybe, I didn't start the local running craze. To set the record straight, for the most part I actually like that I am seeing a lot more runners around. Eventually I might actually meet some of them and make a friend. There are a few things that I am going to have to get used to now though. First, I can't just go run shirtless in the desert to work on my tan without being seen. Secondly, it can get quite crowded at the track sometimes and I have to be prepared to not be able to do speedwork, unless I want to do zig-zag dashes between strollers, and walkers.

So there you have it. I may or may not be the trendsetter I think I am, but people are getting out and running and working on getting healthier. Which is a very good thing.

Has anyone else experienced the increase of running popularity?

4 comments:

  1. I wish I was as cool as you! :) Don't people know that walkers/strollers/slow joggers are supposed to use the outer lanes of the track? Maybe you could talk someone into putting up a sign.

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  2. David, your trend has spread over here to China! I've noticed heaps of extra runners and students out there lately! Think they've heard how cool you are/it is to be a runner! :)

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  3. What a bummer! Too cool for your own good.
    It's funny how we get used to running without an audience, and then when anyone shows up we have to adjust. No more shirtless running :'(
    smalltownrunner.com

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  4. You are so cool everyone wants to be like you! Winter weather might help scare them off!

    I've definitely noticed an increase of running popularity over the years. It's really funny when I look back at some of my old race gear. Dri-fit didn't exist!

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