Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Weirdly territorial

The weather has been getting nice which means people are coming out of hibernation. Every one has been trying on their spring and summer clothes and realizing they got fat over the winter and are now outside trying to run off the pounds. Most of them will give up. Whenever the weather starts to get nice, you always see people outside EVERYWHERE crowding the sidewalks and trails. By August there will be hardly any one. This has made me weirdly territorial. I ran all through the winter, even when it was 20 below zero outside. I bundled up and dealt with my Raynaud's and pressed forward through the cold and snow, and I have been rewarded with last year's summer clothes being too big for me. I had to go out and buy new shorts. 
The territorial thing comes in when I am out running in public and have to maneuver around people who are in my way. I feel like because I run when it's cold and dreary outside, I have staked my claim to the local sidewalks and trails, and these asshole are fair-weather runners and need to move out of my way. I don't want to be this way. I want to be welcoming and say "hey! welcome to the great outdoors!" but knowing that they are only out there temporarily thinking this will be it, this will be the year I finally get into running and in three weeks will completely throw in the towel, I feel about like all you gym rats when it's time for people to make New Year's resolutions and take up all the treadmills at the gym for the first three weeks of January. 


  1. I can totally relate :-9
    (also, it means that even though tired you are tired you are still running - good for you darling!)

  2. I miss summer already. Am totally dreading winter! It's always such a relief to not need so many layers and blankets and hot water bottles, and just wear normal clothes and not be cold. Fair-weather exercisers annoy the shit out of me too, even if I'm not on the sidewalk with them. We don't really get them in summer as it's far too hot, but the New Years rush always irritates me because you just know they won't keep it up.