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
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?