I really have to laugh about my one track mind. Unlike some, my tunnel vision is not about sex or donuts or meth.
Case in point. I was in Starbucks today when a saw a woman, about my age, wearing sweat pants with the logo Rock ‘n Roll printed above her right thigh. As I poured two cups of half and half into my coffee, I got a bit giddy.
Not the actual pants, but you get the idea.
This woman, who had that “runner” look (gaunt, veins protruding from her arms), had clearly done some Rock ‘n Roll races. My mission was to find out which one(s). Maybe we could even compare notes. Half or full? Were you in Vegas this year? Did you vomit or pass out like the rest of us? Which is your favorite Rock ‘n Roll race? How long have you been running?
We would be fast friends forever bonded as runners. I made my move:
Me: Hey! Which Rock ‘n Roll race did you do?
Woman in Sweat Pants (WISP): Huh…uh…what?
Me: Oh, I saw your pants. Just wondering which race you did.
WISP: I don’t know what you’re talking about. I bought these at Target.
Me: Oh, uh, well there’s a race series called “Rock ‘n Roll.” Marathons and half marathons.
WISP: I don’t run. I just liked the logo on these. My daughter thinks I’m ridiculous for wearing these sweats. I’m going to go home and tell her that I’m actually kind of cool wearing these because it makes me look like a runner.
I left, shaking my head. How do you exist on this earth and not know that Rock ‘n Roll is a race series? That’s like not knowing what a Swiss System tournament is in chess. Uh, wait. Does anyone know that?
This got me to thinking about all the other ways my mind is on one track about running:
- Whenever I pull of the guide on the TV and I see “marathon” I get all worked up. Until I realize it’s a Beavis and Butthead marathon. As in - marathon = back to back episodes of a TV show. Doh!
- Sometimes I’ll wake in the night, look at my clock and it will say something like “3:39”. My first thought is not that I am an a-hole for being awake at 3:39, but that 3:39 is four minutes faster than my fastest marathon time of 3:43. There is something wrong with me. Who does that?
I may have a problem. Please tell me I am not the only one. I’m going to start going to R.A. meetings soon. My name is Beth and I have a running problem.
Do you have a one track mind when it comes to running? How so?
Okay, off for a bike ride on the Froot Loops of Lyons, CO. See? It is NOT all about running. It’s about coffee and bedhead.