Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Do You Do This Too?

You know how before you buy a new car you never notice it on the roads, but as soon as you buy it you see it EVERYWHERE?  That has definitely happened to me with two of my three cars (my first car was a Mercury Sable and I don't think I saw it out and about too often).

Well, the same applies to running!  Or in our case, cycling and running.

The other day while Mike and I were getting ready to leave Wegmans (the local grocery store), Mike said "look a runner".  And sure enough, there he was across the street running to his heart's content (or so I hope he was).

If you think that was the only time we mentioned the existence of a fellow runner, oh how wrong you are!

We are constantly pointing out runners (and cyclists) that we see on the roads.  We don't really do it with swimmers, though, since you don't often see people getting their swim on in Lake Ontario.  Pointing out a swimmer at the pool would be quite ridiculous even for us (but I do point out the other triathletes there)!

When we see these other runners and cyclists,  I have to stop and wonder if they love it just as much as we do!  When I see them with hydration belts and dri-fit gear I have an inkling that they do.  I feel a kinship with them because we love the same thing!

It doesn't stop with seeing things related to running, though.  Whenever I hear something about running (or triathlons) I have to stop and listen.

Last weekend I went to my friend's birthday party and one of her other friends, who I had never met before, was talking about "5Ks" and "track" and "cross country" and I had to listen up!

And just today while I was in class with another interpreter (we call it "teaming"), he mentioned that his brother competed in an Ironman and even knew that Lake Placid was the most competitive one to get into!

I think that running and triathlons are becoming popular topics nowadays because they are recognized as actual sports.  As they should be!



Case in point, four of our favorite shows in the last two weeks have had running related themes.  Maybe you saw the "Rules of Engagement", "New Girl", "Up All Night" and "Mike & Molly" episodes too?  I especially like how it took Jess and CeCe from "New Girl" 3 hours to "run" a 10K.

This lifestyle is on my mind all day, every day and I'm perfectly fine with that!


Or bike, or swim

Tell me we're not the one ones who do this!

38 comments:

  1. My husband chastises me for "checking out" all the bikers we drive by. He refuses to believe that I'm only evaluating their bike, gear, cadence, components, etc.
    I always get excited when I see the word "marathon" when I'm flipping through channels - usually it's really a series marathon and has nothing to do with running which then bums me out.

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    1. Haha, that's funny! I would probably do the same thing now while channel surfing.

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  2. I definitely started noticing and paying attention to runners on the road since I began running, myself. Also, now rather than thinking they're crazy (in the extreme cold, or extreme heat, or so early, or at the end of the day..), I admire them and wish I were running alongside them.

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    1. Yea I was probably one who thought they were crazy just a year ago! Now we're the "crazy" ones :)

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  3. Thank goodness I am not alone! But you just made me think of a new car game when darling daughter is out of sorts....count how many runners we see!

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  4. Hey, just wanted to say congrats on FitFluential!!!

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  5. I definitely do this all the time. More so now when I wasn't running.

    PS: I love new girl and that they ran! I want Colin to have a shirt like Smidts ;)

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    1. Haha! That show is great, we love it :)

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  6. I always notice runners and now bikers since I got my new bike. I especially seem to notice more runners the days I don't run. I look at them and wish it was me:)

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    1. It is crazy how that works! I probably feel that way more about cyclists since I need to get better!

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  7. Oh most definitely. When I notice runners - I am so jealous of them and want to be out there running too - or I'm checking out their form/outfit etc. It's way too funny! I don't think I ever noticed them before.

    And hey - congrats on FitFluential!!!!!

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    1. Me too, I definitely didn't notice them very often before we started running!

      Thanks! I'll do a post about it as soon as my bio is on the website :)

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  8. I always notice runners and bikers (even though I'm not a cyclist) I'll talk running with ANYONE who will listen hence why I blog

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    1. Me too! One of my poor officemates gets to hear me talk about it A LOT. She is nice and puts up with me :)

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  9. As Mike can attest to... I have noticed runners out there for a LONG time!!!(Hey Buddy!!!haha- or'Lady'!!!)- show him this!! When I broke my ankle and couldn't run for almost 3 months, I especially noticed the runners and would think about how much I missed running!

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    1. I don't really remember if I felt that way when I was injured, I definitely missed it but it was a colder time of year so not as many people were out.

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  10. I definitely enjoy running and triathlon as a topic of any conversation. :)

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  11. I'm pathetic. In my mind I'm like,"I wonder how creepy it would be to ask them to be my running/biking friend?"

    I really need some friends to train with!!!

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    1. That's not pathetic at all!

      If we lived closer to you, we would train with you!

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  12. I do it too! :) And I love the last pic--sorry I can't I have to run. I may have to use that!! ;)

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  13. I do the same thing :) I seem to particularly observant of cyclists... Probably because I see more of them than runners. But my ears prick up as soon as I hear someone mention running... I just want them to include me in their conversation hahahah

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    1. Haha, you should go up and talk to them!

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  14. I totally cheer on runners I see on the street while I'm driving (in my car only of course I don't want to scare them!)!

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    1. I do the same thing sometimes!

      We did have one person, someone I work with, yell, "go guys" while we were running one time.

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  15. I love talking about all things triathlon and running.....thank goodness for Twitter and dailymile so I can talk about it to my hearts content!

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    1. Agreed! Twitter and Dailymile are a runner's/triathlete's best friend!

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  16. I always notice runners! I wonder, were they always there and we just didn't notice until we became part of that club, or have more people taken up running lately!?

    I love that quote. We used to have to run laps if we were late for soccer practice. We hated it!

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    1. I think both are probably true, but it might be more that we are part of the club now!

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  17. I totally do this too. If I see a runner, I notice how tired they look, their stride, fuel belt, wonder what they're training for, everything. I love that running and tri are becoming more mainstream. IMO tris have positively exploded in popularity recently.

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    1. I agree! I love that they are both mainstream now!

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  18. Oh yes, I totally do this! And because I'm looking for running buddies, I'm always trying to seek out runners in the neighborhood or at the local trail who look my pace, etc. So funny we all check each other out!

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    1. Haha it is funny that we are essentially checking each other out! I'm glad to know we aren't the only ones!

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  19. You're not alone! We're always noticing other runners and what they are wearing to run in whatever crazy weather we're having that day.

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    1. Haha yea, I think you notice them more in crazy weather!

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