Me: Yeah, I"m going to get a run in before I get some things done.
ATWKGTTSDAMK: You're going to run in this?
Me: It's not snowing yet.
ATWKGTTSDAMK: You're insane.
Yeah, we are, aren't we? We're all nuts. I'm tellin' ya, runners could be classified somewhere between "cult" and "obsessive" on the crazy scale. And the needle leans more towards cult.
When the forecasters called for a good amount of snow, most people would:
A) Stay home
B) Go to the grocery store before the storm hit
C) Both A and B
Runners on the other hand would:
A) Get the run in before the storm hit
B) Suck it up, put on the YakTrax or Screw Shoes and get out there during the storm.
That's it. No "C: None of the above". We just get out there because we are insane.
At some point in our running lives, most of us (save for left coasters) have made this statement, or a variation thereof:
"I got my 11 miler in yesterday morning. It was windy and snowy, but I had my YakTrax on. It felt good to get it in!"
A normal person might have these types of reactions:
- "11 miles? I can't even drive 11 miles without getting bored, tired, or both!"
- "In the morning? That's why God invented coffee and the Sunday paper."
- "Windy and snowy? Forget it.""YakTrax? What the hell are those? For traction? You're insane!"
A runner's reaction?
"11 miler. Good for them."
And there it is. It all comes down to a debate about our sanity. Here's the thing, though: I like the fact that I'm a little bit nutty. It makes things interesting. No one marvels at the athlete that gets the first tee time or plays a game of pickup basketball. Tell them that you got up early to go run and they look at you like you just told them that you should be fitted for a purple shroud and some Nikes.
The problem is....I'm an Asics guy.
P.S. - The new episode of LaughTracks is available. Amy was MIA which meant that Ian, Mike and I took our shots at her. That, and I didn't have to edit it down to a PG-13 rating. Enjoy!