Thursday, June 23, 2011

You see a lot in 8 miles

Even in my boring suburb, I’m always amazed at the kinds of things I see while out on the run. There are of course rabid animals, people (not expecting someone out at 5:15am) getting the newspaper in their underwear, and even some homeless person taking a bath in the neighborhood fountain (actually, we were driving then). Today’s 8 mile run was certainly no different.

The plan today was to run 8 miles at marathon pace or a bit faster (7:20ish pace). I’m still working my miles back up from the Marathon 2 Marathon, but I like to have a long mid week run to remind myself that I am actually training to lug my ass over 26.2 miles – not half a mile around a track.

The run started a bit late because, you guessed it, I had to go to the bathroom. Or rather, I KNEW that I had to go but I couldn’t get things “moving”. So, after an hour of sitting around, the deed was done and I was out on the road. At 6am it was hot, but not ungodly hot. I needed to take Wednesday off running because of work, so the miles clicked by seemingly unnoticed. When I am running well, my mind tells me to burn things……… tries to figure out how to meet the T-Mobile commercial chick wonders.

As I ran along, thinking about god knows what, I saw people riding horses (surprisingly popular in Phoenix), a family of ducks (that I am sure that Jamoosh’s duck would love to get to know), and even some kids horsing around pretending to fish (while probably getting into trouble – what 11 year old kid do you know that gets up at 6am to fish by themselves???). Over the hour that it took me to run, I saw a few golfers, some road construction workers standing around, and even someone pulled over by a cop. Trust me, all of these things are what passes as excitement in the burbs.

One thing I didn’t see during my miles? Dudes. I mean, don’t get me wrong – I LOVE the ladies, but I started to get a bit disheartened that there weren’t any guys on the road sweating it out with me. There were 2 guys who road past me on their bikes, and one guy who was riding a bike with his wife (or lover, maybe a mistress - whatever) but none running. Where were they all at?! Were they pumping iron, flexing their muscles while bumping chests with each other at the gym? Or, maybe the 80 degree heat was too much and they were on the treadmill? Either way, as I waived a sweaty hi and gave a raspy “hello” to the groups of gals that passed me, it almost became comical at the lack of man bits jumbling about.


Question to the dudes: Do you see many other dudes while out on the run?  (Do you still use the word "dude"?)
Question to the ladies: Do these pants below make my butt look big? Do you notice the lack of dudes out on the run?

You should probably click that link to "get" the joke :)

25 comments:

undeterrable said...

I do think I see more women than men running, but not by much. I live next to a popular running area of town, so maybe they all flock to me?

Jen said...

I actually still use the word dude.

And I usually see more dudes than girls around here running.

Amanda and Phil's Blogspot said...

Dude is a great word.

Actually, I was just noticing today that there are far too many Dudes on the trails I run.

Did you figure out your t-mobile question...please advise if you do.

Andrew Opala said...

Dude, I see a lot of dudes.

Is "dude" a word?

Narrly!

runningwithoutborders said...

When I run, or rather WHERE and WHEN I run, I don't see many people at all - at least, running. Lots of dog walkers though! And while there are "dudes" - they're all 70+ years old....

Brian said...

Ladies. And they never say hi back to me when I say hi to them. I don't think I'm creepy.

Molly @ the F-spot said...

I saw a dude attempt to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge today. As such, I am applying wine as necessary this evening. (for real: http://molly-sweeney.com/?p=2108).

But in all seriousness, I see an equal number of women and dudes when I'm out running (though I am NEVER out before sunrise).

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Dude, dude is my favorite word.

Rad Runner said...

Hooray your a coach! That is awesome! I want to become one, its on the list of things to do, on occasion I am an informal one, but i want to know all the details!
AND
this is why you gotta run with your camera at 5 in the am, to catch the Ned Flanders pickin up the paper, black male in the future???

XLMIC said...

I even call chicks "dude." It is one of my 'go to' words. I see no one when I run... cuz I run at night. In the dark. I do see skunks though. But I don't call them "dude" but I do usually say, "whoa, duuuuuude..." when I see them.

Alma said...

Dude, those tights are HOT.

The Green Girl said...

Hm. I never paid attention to the chick to dude ratio before but I think it's pretty even on the beach paths?

Char said...

There was a distinct lack of dudes at my hill run on Thursday. I think I counted um 2! Yes I know it was one of the coldest mornings of the year so far but you men need to harden up!

Kovas said...

I think the dudes like to run after they've had their fortified breakfast cereal and are ready to face the day. I, on the other hand, run early, in the dark, so I get scared when someone runs near me.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Unfortunately when I see a "Dude" out on one of my runs in my area my spidey senses go into full affect and I'm a lot more alert. On the trails though the "dudes" are everywhere. I mostly see ladies out on the roads near the trails. weird.

Laura said...

I say Dude too much...I blame Raj from the Big Bang Theory for that.
I see more women when I go out running early in the mornings. We're more hardcore I guess.

SupermomE12 said...

We live in a small town and our first half marathon here is coming up next month so there are lots of people (dudes and ladies) out running right now. Usually though (ESPECIALLY in the winter) i don't see anyone else running when I am out, unless it is someone I brought with me.

Razz said...

you had a paragraph on how you took a dump. Well done, sir.

Jamoosh said...

Interestingly enough, in my neighborhood, if you see a runner beyond a jogging stroller, it's normally a dude.

Runners Fuel said...

When I run in the neighborhood, I do see more girls. But, when I run on this trail, I see mostly men, hardly any women.

Chad said...

Nope. you're doing a ladies sport. like pillow fighting.

Al's CL Reviews said...

Only one dude is out now which I why I don't run in the am anymore...he has a gun and is from GA. Not 2 things that should go together well.

The Sean said...

dude

funderson said...

yeah..only girls run, Adam..geez...
Actually, when I have to go to the gym I wonder why some "dudes" ride those ellipical thingys. They should really nut up and run for heaven's sake. I kid..I kid, ellipical dudes (no really..).

hauterunningmama said...

Sweet tights!

I didn't see anyone out running this morning. Seriously strange. There is no excuse, it was 62 degrees and cloudy this morning. Great running weather!