As we enter the summer months, it’s guaranteed you’ll see more runners and characters on the road. Now with social distancing and gyms closed, many people have taken up the sport. Whether you know the runner, or don’t, you’ll begin to recognize many faces. Maybe you even fall into one of these categories (I know I do).
Luckily for the US, exercise is permitted right now. With most everything shut down, exercise and outdoor activity seems like one thing we can control. YAY, as long as your safe and stay 6 feet apart, exercise is great for both the body and mind. (This is a running blog after all, so you don’t have to tell me that twice).
I was looking forward to this race all week. The race benefited the Elks Lodge and was to raise money to rebuild their bathrooms. I was hoping they would go “all-out” with the theme and they did.
My parents own a house on the Eastern Shore of Va near Onancock. Dad and I spent the night up there. The race started at 8, and we got there around 7:15. When we got there, there weren’t too many people.
We registered and picked up our T-shirt’s and stared at the awards: plungers. I didn’t think the race could get better.
Plus the Plunger Awards!
By 7 am, it was already in the 80s. After racing the day before and with the heat, my goal was to run around 7:15 per mile.
We lined up at the race was off right at 8 am. It was a small race and immediately found myself as the first woman. I ran the entire race alone, which was fine. I had two goals: to win a plunger and to work hard but not injure myself.
I crossed the first mile right at 7:15. I felt like I was working hard but not overworking.
The second mile went through downtown Accomac and did a u-turn and headed back towards Front Street. For a small race, the course was better marked than many bigger races I’ve done.
I hit the second mile in 7:18 which I was happy with.
The final mile headed back on front street and towards the finish. There was no shade, and it was hot. You can also see the finish line about half a mile away! I thought I was never going to get there.
When I got to the finish, I was surprised to find I got to break a tape. Not just any tape, but a tape made of toilet paper.
I don’t think any other tape will beat that. I crossed in 21:50 and got a plunger trophy.
My goal was to run hard but not get injured and I did that. It felt more like a workout than anything, but I’m happy with my effort and I’ve even more thrilled with how much fun the race was.
I hope they continue to do the race because they were committed to the theme. Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport.
Last summer I wrote a post about “summer runners” and many people identified with one or more of the runners. Thinking out loud, now that the season has somewhat changed, it’s time for another edition with:
Runners You Might Encounter this Winter:
Weather Checking William
This person is never without their technology and they are tracking the weather 100% of the time. Even during a run, they’ll know the exact precipitation. You can always depend on them to know when the best time of day, sunrise, sunset, wind direction, humidity level and every other weather condition you might need.
Shirtless Sam (Winter Edition):
You’ll see this runner always wearing the least amount of clothing as possible. It could be -10 degrees and a blizzard, they are still trecking along in short shorts, a tank top or possibly shirtless. What’s even more interesting is usually this person has minimal body fat…how they continue to keep warm is a mystery to us all.
The Running Sauna
I will admit this is me all the time. I would rather be overdressed all of the time than be cold. The running sauna is typically wearing 5 more layers than necessary. Even though it’s a “warm” 20 degrees, they might be wearing 5-10 layers. In fact, their running stride more resembles a waddle due to the layers.
You ask this person to run during every single season and every single season they complain. It’s too hot.. It’s too cold. Oh no, rain. Oh no, I can’t run…it’s absolutely perfect conditions…
If there is a will to complain they will find it.
Treadmilling Timothy (Winter Edition)
Living a life opposite of the summer treadmill runner, the winter treadmill runner doesn’t do cold. During the winter, they disappear and retire to the treadmill. They are most comfortable there and you know you won’t do any group runs with them until April. If you are looking for a new TV show to watch, they can probably give you a good recommendation.
Questions for you: What type of winter runner are you?
If you are anything like me then you normally wait until last minute to Christmas shop. Unfortunately, that isn’t as easy this year because I’m working. So I was forced to get my shopping done early and by early I mean yesterday and online. Just thinking out loud, I’ve created a LOLZ worthy edition of some last minute gifts to get your loved ones.
Last week to get into the Holiday spirit, I posted about the five types of Holiday shoppers. Now I’ll post about getting a few last minute Christmas gifts.
So you waited until last minute?
Christmas is two days away, and you see friends and relatives all have gifts out…but you forgot about Great Aunt twice removed Sue, who you met once after having a few cocktails.
Like half of the population, I never got my “gift giving guide” on the blog. I never really had a great gift guide to be honest, I feel as if I just purchase people what they want and gift guides are never that personalized. My dad loves to run but doesn’t want a Spi belt…gift guides tell me Spi belts are great options for runners.
Here are some awesome gifts you can go out and buy in the next 24 hours. Maybe even on Christmas at your local drug store.
Socks: Most people need socks as much as underwear. Since it’s just awkward to buy someone underwear…stick with socks. You might not want to know their underwear preference.
Towel: Most people shower and after taking a shower you must dry off. A towel is a nice way to do that. Heck, you can even personalize and glitter gun it if you are the crafty type. Or give it to them in a towel animal form.
Tweezers: Tweezers are one of the most universal items out there.
Do you have an emergency eyebrow hair in the way?
Do you have to tweeze out a splinter?
You never know when those guys will come in handy and when they do…the gift receiver will text you a solid thanks with a Facebook “like” emoji.
Calendar: Since most people have their personal planner preference choice (or none at all), it’s wise to go towards a wall calendar. The last thing you want to mess up someone’s planner life with one they won’t use. I recommend staying with a plain calendar because you don’t know if someone really likes cats that much (if they don’t they are weird).
My other recommendation is to take 12 selfies and make your own personalized calendar for friends. Your friends and family can appreciate that, but you’ll have to tape the photo to the calendar since it will take more than a day to get a custom one. Bonus: You’ll look crafty too!
If all else fails go for the Gift Card: I get it…you want to unwrap something. So wrap the gift card in the biggest packing box you can find, add some tissue paper and you are fine. They unwrap something under the tree, and you don’t have to worry about a return. Alternative options include putting a 20 dollar bill inside a box but hoping it doesn’t somehow get lost.
Bonus: If they have cats or small kids, they can play in the boxes. Double gift giving!
And of course, have a Happy Holidays. Anything of these things will most certainly make for a happy day, though.