You know how they say people choose a pet that fits their personality? Well, if that’s the case, then I’m a grumpy old beagle, that’s my dog, who is always hungry and drives a Jeep Wrangle, that’s my car. When I run, I’m a lot like my dog and my car. I pretty much have two speeds. Stop and Go. I’m not very arrow dynamic, I get poor gas milage, and the ride is kind of bumpy. So is my dog by the way. On the plus side, it doesn’t matter where I am running. It could be on a deserted road in the middle of the night, or on a single track trail. I could be going up hill, or on an airport tarmac in 110 degree Florida heat. I run at the same pace no matter what. “Slow and steady . . . something, something.”
When you run, bike or ski where I live, here in the super outdoorsy northwest, at some point in time, you’re going to get passed. It’s inevitable. There is always some athlete or pseudo athlete who is training for a race, or is on a biking team or running club or something. They take their training very seriously out here. When that happens, and it seems to be happening more frequently than it use to, I tell myself, “oh, they just started, or are only running a short distance. Or, I got 20 years on that gal pushing the jogging stroller. She must be in a hurry to get to daycare”. But the truth is, I’m just like my dog and my car. I’m a old beagle cruising along in a boxy old Jeep that gets poor gas milage and has a bumpy ride. But you know what? As long as I’m still moving… I’m having a blast.
Todays Runner is the 1978 debut album by the Cars. Speaking of a blast, this record is fantastic, and fun, fun, fun, from start to finish. It’s Moving in Stereo for 35 minutes. Enjoy the ride. You may get passed every now and then, but Don’t Cha Stop.