Man, oh man….lots of craziness has been happening in my life and I went almost 2 weeks without running. It definitely took it’s toll but I got my rear in gear and went for a run today. All of the usual people that I see at the track were there and a couple of new faces. It got me thinking about the nicknames I’ve given some of the regulars that I see when I’m running. Does anyone else do this?
For instance, there’s a red head who walks every day. She considers her walks a break from her husband and kids, and she’s glad it’s starting to get warmer so her dog can go out in the backyard more. She recently decided to try adding running intervals to her walks because she sees that I run/walk during my training. She also won’t ever dare try to do a half marathon because she’s not “that brave.” (I told her she’s a rock star and she could do it if she decided to!) How do I know all of this? She told me. She likes to talk to me for a few seconds every time I pass her. She loves to talk to people at the track. I call her Chit Chat.
Then there’s a guy who shows up about the same time each day that I’m there who only runs a mile. He gets out of his truck, makes a call on his cell phone and then he runs a mile. He seems to be doing a cool down mile after working out somewhere else. He always looks sweaty in his workout attire when he arrives. I call him Mile Man. I know, I’m not very creative with these nicknames.
Then there’s Just Judy. Now, her name isn’t Judy as far as I know, but I started out calling her “Just Here to Look Cute” and eventually told myself that was too long and I made it Just Judy because Judy was the first J name that came to mind. (Probably because of Ellen’s Energy Adventure…Stupid Judy) Anywho, Just Judy shows up in a really cute workout outfit, she stretches and then runs one lap. Then someone always manages to call her cell phone after the first lap and she talks very loudly as she walks very slowly about 2 more laps and goes up and down a short flight of stairs near the bleachers. Then she grabs her 2 liter of water that she brings and leaves. Ok, it’s probably just 1 liter, but all I know is that she never drinks any of the water while she’s at the track.
So I know it’s not that nice for me to be giving people nicknames, and I know I’m very nosey because I notice far too many details about these people and make assumptions about them, but running at the track gets uber boring and this is how I entertain myself sometimes. One day I’ll find routes to run where I don’t have to dodge roaming dogs and crazy drivers, but until then I’ll make friends with some of the Tracksters and maybe one day someone will tell me the nickname they have for me…which could be something like “Slow, Chunky Chick who’s always watching people while she run/walks”
By the way…Expedition Everest Challenge is almost here!! Woo hoo!
See Ya Real Soon!