Thursday, August 25, 2011

I’m officially “That” guy

There was a time when I was not so obsessed with running, sweating, and eating that I could hide it relatively easily from coworkers. That time, much like the souls of the participants of the reality show Bachelor Pad, has long since gone. Now I’m “THAT” guy. I’m “crazy runner Adam” or “that running obsessed guy” or most often “that super handsome quick witted guy who I want to talk to but I’m too nervous so I stare from afar and wonder how far he ran today or how he eats so much food”. (I might have made that last one up.) I’m the token office runner and there is no hiding it.

When I first started to run, I was able to do it in relative anonymity. I was traveling, so I could hide out in a smelly damp hotel fitness room and knock out a 30 minute run with little notice. People would ask “what did you do last night?” and I could easily respond hotel room pay per view – Debbie did an entirely NEW city! that I had watched the History channel. That was that and we’d proceed to talk about sports or weather or whatever normal work people talk about (golf? Stocks? I have no clue). I’m not a boastful person, so I would mostly keep my running under wraps.

This was actually one of the "gyms" I worked out in


But soon 3 mile runs turned into 10 and I started traveling around the country to run various marathons. (See also the yellow United States map in the right sidebar.) Someone would ask “Any plans this weekend, Adam?” and when I responded that I was going to Chicago the answer of “why?” would inevitably follow. The marathon. My secret was out – and it spread like the herps at Woodstock. Freebird indeed.

I’m the office runner guy! I have more running shoes than almost the entire team combined, I watch strange channels on TV that broadcast track meets that essentially look like very slow NASCAR, and I am always the one to go to for miles to KM conversions. Most of my conversations revolve around running or eating or my son (because that is all that I have time for).

So, what am I to do? I think I’m going to study up on politics and Karma Sutra. Those are always good topics to talk about at work. Other than that, I’m going to continue running and not try to hide the fact that I’m up hours before most and burn more calories in a day than most people I know.

Anyone else been stereotyped as the crazy runner person at work or with friends?

38 comments:

momof3 @ Neurosis of the Stay at Home Marathoner said...

I SO got this post. I'm "That Student" in my graduating class at nursing school. ...

RunningLaur said...

4 days into our company 'get walking/running challenge' the miles per employee average is about 3 miles. I'm at 22+.
Yeah, I that person.

JojaJogger said...

Oh yea, I'm definitely the crazy runner gal. Oh and FYI, it's Kama Sutra, just sayin.

Nelly said...

lol I've always been the crazy running person in my family/workplace, etc. Normally people think that I am crazy for running a lot, and I probably am! I guess better to be crazy than normal right? haha

Kate said...

Just crazy. :) My principal is actually much more impressed by my century than my marathon, and the marathon was waaaaaay harder.

ashley (redonk runner) said...

word got out that i ran my first marathon in june, and ever since i def feel like the crazy runner girl. people randomly quiz me on running in the work kitchen now. i kind of enjoy it though, cause i get to talk about running... well that is until i realize i explained way more about my running than they ever wanted to know.

Char said...

Yeah, I'm THAT girl. But when you work by yourself there's no one to bug you about it. But on the downside there's no one to tell my boring running stories to.

track coach and adorable wife said...

Cograts on being "that" guy! You could be pees his pants guy, or stares at men inapropiately guy!

BTW I am ashamed to admit that Bachelor Pad is my new guilty pleasure. Who knew watching people self implode could be so fun!

Kandi said...

I am definitely that person in my office... except that there are other runners in my office. I was the one who more or less started our lunch running group and got everyone to register for our first half marathon. This year about 5 of us are doing our first marathon! But when I'm on vacation they say the lunch group emails don't always go out.

P1t0 said...

Yep,... I'm that person. But luckily for me there is another guy too. So we both share that title. On the plus side, I have someone to talk to about running :)

Kristin said...

Not only am I the office runner, I am also the person who makes a lunch salad in a big mixing bowl and eats the whole thing myself.

The Unexpected Runner said...

Yup. I hold the "crazy runner" title at the hospital. Most think I should transfer to the psych unit..."you want to switch weekends for WHAT????".

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

Ha! This is one where I am totally not "that runner." In my office we are (almost) all "that runner." I work with at least one Ironman and dozens of marathoners. Co-workers share tips on bike- and run-commuting to work. (Roll your clothes? Bring in a week's worth and dry clean next door over the weekend?)

We have an office shower. And sometimes hold staff meetings in there... (Ok. That last bit is fiction, but there are his/hers locker rooms.)

Maybe I'm lucky... but then again, no one I work with is impressed by my finishers medals. ;)

danny said...

As long as you're the Crazy-Runner-Guy-Who-Will-Sweat-Or-Freeze-His-Thorns-Off, that's cool, but if you are the Crazy Runner Guy Who Evangelizes Running (Jogging) As The Panacea For All Evil, then that's not so cool.

Jo said...

Me too, me too! I tried to keep it under the radar but it got out. I had to admit to them how much I ran because they were thinking I was "eating for two". I just like to pretend I am. It started with a mild fascination for them....you know, asking questions...and saying "ohhhhh" in amazement that I ran 12 miles in -50 plus windchill. But it some how flipped. Now it's more looks causing me shame and guilt when I always have food in my mouth. I can't help it! The worst is when I get crital of my race weight and try to say no to desserts, then they give me crap for being too thin. They just don't understand!!

Brian said...

I'm the guy that tries to peer pressure my friends into signing up for races.

C2Iowa said...

Yep - I was "that psycho runner guy" until I had to had surgery. Then I became "that guy who ran until he got hurt". My mental response: BITE ME.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

I read this too quickly and thought you said that most of your conversations revolve around eating your son, and it made a little sense, which scared me, so I put the wine away and now I'm going to bed. Goodnight.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

My office is small, and I'm the boss (no desk shitting required), so people focus on that. Within my family, though, I'm the runner. And I was the runner in my friend group until I turned two of them over to the dark side. muhuhahahhahahaha

Nobel4Lit said...

So far, I've done pretty well hiding the "that" person rep at work... I had it at my last job, though. I think I just don't *look* athletic.

Jamie said...

It's okay Adam. I'm sure I'm "that" girl somewhere, and I don't even know it. I keep mine somewhat hidden, except when someone new says they like to run. I'm on them like a pack of wolves. lol

Alma said...

GUILTY. And today just sealed it forever when 5 NUUN HTC team ladies came by my office and I introduced them as my running friends, even though I'd never met any of them in person before. Oi!

misszippy said...

Not in the office since I work from home, but in the neighborhood, yes. And the hell with it, anyhow. All the ribbing that goes along with crazy runner guy designation is worth it, no?

Kovas said...

Track meets and NASCAR - just turn left!

Jamoosh said...

Better being "the runner" than "the loser"

Laura said...

My coworkers have no idea what to make of me when I come back to my desk post lunch time run...still in my run gear, checking email before I go get cleaned up.
It could be the smell.
And they seem surprised when I hobble in 'still' sore 2 days after a marathon.

Chanda M. DeFoor said...

Oh, yes. We always discuss politics and the Kama Sutra at work... very appropriate topics!

Like you, I kept running to myself for maybe six months. I would change into my running clothes in another building and pray that nobody saw me walking to my car.

It's not that way now--I run on campus (where I work), and people know I'm a runner. I'm happy to be secure in my sport, and glad when people ask my advice. Who doesn't LOVE to talk running??

Mark said...

Oh I'm definitely THAT guy at work too. The one that can get away with eating all the crap because I "burn 50,000 calories per day". The "crazy" one. And I wouldn't have it any other way!

Runners Fuel said...

yep, I am that girl. Since there re only 4 people (including myself), everyone asks everyday what my workout was the night/morning before. My clients are starting to ask me why I am so skinny and that I need to eat at their restraunts.

Katie said...

my officemates are always like, 'did you run here? bike here? swim across the potomac?" SNERK SNERK YOU GUYS ARE SO FUNNY!

BrianFlash said...

Funny how there doesn't seem to be room for more then one 'Runner Dude' per office. Seems like pretty much every runner I know is the only runner in their work group...

Karen said...

That would be me... I am the one "who works out". They do not get why in the world I would get up at 5 AM to run/bike/swim or whatever else. Some days I don't get it either. :)

Al's CL Reviews said...

At the last job I was the "fat chick who thought she could run."
This job, I'm just in the myriad of runners who doesn't seem to run anything in Georgia.

Jen said...

Oh yeah, I'm the crazy runner chic...everyone knows it...but it makes me really proud to tell you the truth :)

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i was totally that girl..when i started at my job it was unheard of to take lunch, let alone to run over it. Now a few folks take walks, but i'm still the only crazy mid day runner

Jill said...

I wish I were THAT GIRl; I work with one of the state's best ultra runners, who just happens to be our school's cross country and distant track coach. *sigh*

Jackalope said...

Yep and it feels good.

Most of my classmates are Navy SEALS and Green Berets. Nothing like asking a SEAL if he wants to go for a run with you and he says, "With you? Hell no, you're nuts."

Awesome.

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I'm that girl among friends, but now they've all come to the dark side with me... But even last night at a birthday party (for a friend that I also coach), a girl comes up and says "are you the runner?". Um, I'm a runner, yes, but not sure is I'm *the* runner.