My amazing brother on the run has been traveling for work and has had a few hilarious runner experiences. In this post, he shares a few fun anecdotes. I know many of you can relate. Here’s Troy:
Running during a business trip can be a challenge or at least it can be for me. Between the longer hours, tiny hotel gyms, and odd settings; getting a run in doesn’t always happen. However, I tried during my last business trip to make the most of warmer weather and get a few runs in. Oh Texas, always an adventure.
Pulled Over for Running
While staying near the Kemah (TX) Boardwalk, I tried to get 4-5 mile runs in every other day. Unfortunately, this meant having a running day come during a monsoon – it was pouring rain and kept most people indoors. I decided that I had a run to get and I was going to get it in. Dr.Rachel has always pointed out that race day might not be perfect weather so training in sub-par weather can only help you prepare.
Fully dressed in running gear (half my stuff is fluorescent orange) including water bottle and Garmin I headed out for my 5 miles. I was about half way through when a local cop pulled up to question me!
‘Was everything ok?’ ‘Did I need a ride somewhere?’ ‘Did I realize that it was raining?’
It was very nice of him to check on me (and I do appreciate it) but considering I have never been pulled while driving, being pulled over while running was a bit odd. It took two days for my shoes to dry.
Most ‘Runner’ Thing Ever
After a hotel change, I was in a new city and still needing to log some miles. I decided to do something new, something different for me. I got dressed in all my running gear and headed to the local running store. One question “where do you run?” was all I had for the clerks. On The Run (Webster, TX) was great and showed me maps for both in city and trail runs in the nearby area. I have never felt like more of a runner than going to a running store in a new city for course suggestions.
Bayou Trail Runs
The above conversation led me to the Armand Bayou trails in Pasadena, TX for a quick 5 mile run. Not but 100 feet into my run a walker warned me about the trail ahead being ‘wet’. It hadn’t rained for days so I thought nothing of it and continued on my way. Mistake. What was supposed to be a solid tempo run became some kind of crazy fartlek run where I sprinted for 100 yards and then walking through bogs and swamp pits in an attempt not to lose a shoe or fall in! Trail runners probably laugh at this; this path is flat and covered with crushed gravel for the most part with only some slightly flood-ridden zones. I just might not be much of a trail runner after all.
Treadmill or Beer?
I ended my trip back to the old standby: the hotel treadmill. The particular chain of hotels I stayed at offer a cocktail reception once a week, a reception that just happened to fall right on my run night. There is nothing like the joy of running 4 miles when, through the glass, I can see the other guests enjoying drinks and appetizers. When I say 4 miles, I really mean 3.27 miles before I needed an ice cold beer also. Running is hard, running when you could be drinking a beer by the pool is impossible.