This post could also be called “Nurse Cathy has diagnosed herself with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).”
The trails where I run can be amusing – to me anyway. The greenway consists of paved and unpaved trails over several miles. When it’s crowded, there is a lot of stimulation. This is great if you’re going for a leisurely walk with your dog or kids, but it can be a challenge for someone like me. I have a hard time focusing when there are distractions.
And, oh, the distractions are many. And often hilarious. How can I possibly ignore these?…
SIGHTS I HAVE SEEN
- “Plumber’s butt” on a bicycle
- Runners with flailing arms (so much energy wasted!)
- Ridiculously photogenic couples running
- Unseasonable clothing (sweat pants – in Texas – in Summer???)
- Man in woman’s clothing running
- Man running in a pink Speedo
SOUNDS I HAVE HEARD
- Cyclists “heads-upping” runners using complete sentences (There’s a biker comin’ up on your left). Just say “on your left!” or ring your bell!
- Shuffling runner’s feet
- Blasting headphones
- Too many “Good Morning”s in a row from every person who passes. It’s polite and all, but it throws off my breathing if I try to articulate a “Good Morning” back.
Sometimes I wonder how I manage to get through my runs with all this going on!