Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Things I've learned thanks to running

  • If a running trail can easily fit six runners acrossUntitleddrawing it will only accomodate one mom with a jogging stroller, talking on her cell phone while walking her dog Untitleddrawing (2)
  • People that wear those five finger shoes are smug. The looks they give us regular shoe wearing people totally say "Ugh, you are so unevolved with your toes all smooshed together in one compartment." IMG_0091
  • Austin is hilly. What the hell? How have I never noticed these monster hills before? 
  • Running up hills is hard.
  • Running down hills is hard too. I nearly faceplanted down one the other day because I had more forward momentum than my legs could keep up with.
  • Running on the treadmill is the work of Satan. Why can I run 3 miles outside but barely a half mile on the treadmill? Also, why does that half a mile take me 25 minutes on the treadmill when I can do 3 miles in 32 minutes outside? I suck at math but those numbers don't add up. 
  • After running (outside or on the treadmill) I get red faced. I'm not taking a little flushed either. I'm full out cranberry red, looking like any second I'm going to pass out. Angry red face is gonna get'ya! IMG_0055 copy 1
  • When faced with a race starting line, I have no idea how to position myself. Too close to the front and I'm in the way of the serious runners. Too far back and people are in my way and I have to bob and weave. Where is the sweet spot? Does the sweet spot even exist? IMG_0090 copy 1
  • No matter how much I whine about it, I really like running. 


  1. I demand more stick figure drawings. The "stroller" made me laugh, but the dog's word bubble made me snort. Made my day.

  2. Yay for running! (For you. I can't even get to the gym to do the elliptical.)

    I also love your Paint drawings. MORE PLEASE!

  3. I'm a five finger wearer. And not smug. Then again I'm new to barefooting, so give me time :)

  4. Josh, don't be a smug barefooter! Also, don't wear them to places where they aren't appropriate. Seeing them in a nice restaurant is painful.

  5. 1. People who don't know proper trail etiquette drive me CRAZY. It's a pretty simple concept really, sharing the trail, and YET. I once almost fell on my face because a guy let his dog jump ON me while was I was running past him. (He didn't have his dog on a leash, and was supposed to.)
    2. Running uphill is from Hades, amen.
    3. I have yet to find a starting sweet spot. I'm nearly always dodging, or sprinting because oh hai, adrenaline.
    4. YAY running!

  6. Hubby and I did the 4-mile loop on Town Lake this afternoon. And after spending all summer down here in the hill country, the little hills in Austin are so much easier. We were shocked.

    Also, he ran. I did not. I can run forever on a treadmill but not even 1/4 mile on a trail. It's crazy

  7. Love the drawings! You know what I think about when I see those finger running shoes people?-Dude! What if you step in poop? That's a pretty flimsy protective barrier. Blech.

  8. I get beet red any time I work out. And then I stay red for hours. It's pretty awesome.

  9. And this is why I don't run.

    Hahaha. I actually have a pair of the Vibram Five Fingers and they're surprisingly comfortable but learning to run in them is a bit more difficult. You have to learn to barefoot run or else you can put a lot of stress on your joints. But they DID get my husband's back into alignment, when repeated visits to the chiropractor could not.

    However, they have a serious funk. It's a well-documented "thing." Google it. Blech.

  10. Oh my god, I get serious red face too! My boyfriend calls me his little beetroot (meant with love I am sure).