I used to love the SNL “Deep Thoughts with Jack Handey”. Some of the things he said were just so bizarre and wonderfully funny. Over the past few days I have heard some pretty silly musings from both my athletes, my husband and myself, and other runners from all over. They were so great that I had to share a few. I think these are deep thoughts that any runner could appreciate.
These thoughts all started on the evening of our final group run. We often stop by a pub as a team after these runs. Someone mentioned that they recently read, “Never trust a fart after mile 18.” This lead to a lot of laughs, further discussion and the decision that it would be our motto for the race.
On Monday after the race, one of our athletes posted a helpful recommendation. “Tip: walking down stairs backwards saves the quads.” This was quickly followed up by, “I’ve just been scooting down the stairs on my butt.” This seemed like a good idea until someone pointed out that you have to squat to do that. I personally love all of the ways I avoid bending over because as I pointed out yesterday my legs and I are having a battle of the wills right now and neither of us is winning.
When I asked a few athletes for their best running thoughts I got these:
♦Don’t ever think someone more fit will help you keep your pace…they will just lead you to where they vomit.
♦ Let’s run a 5K and drink like it’s a marathon.
♦ Just go in knowing it is going to be a hot mess. Then you will exceed all expectations.
♦ Never trust YOLO. You will end up running a marathon.
♦ The only thing that sounded good at mile 22 was a cigarette.
♦ The best way to get over a hangover is running.
♦ We talk A LOT about bloody nipples. Because, why not?!
♦ And one thing that we collectively find annoying is the multitudes of people who ask us how far our marathon is when we tell them we signed up. For some reason there seem to be a lot of people who think marathon distances vary.
I also came across this video which is a great advertisement about how we all feel the day after a race. I thought that summed it up perfectly. Take a look, it is just a short commercial but definitely worth it.
My final deep thought is more of a question. Can anyone explain to me what the deal is with all of the giant cat signs all over the race course? Everyone seemed to be holding cat signs and I was left clueless.
Any “deep running thoughts” you might want to add to the list?