When you're driving and you see a runner, do you turn your head to take a look? I do. It's a weird habit of mine. I can't help but look at every runner I pass by in my car. What am I looking at?
I look at their gait, their pace, their brand of running shoe, and their accessories. I like to see whether or not they are wearing their iPhone, iPod, Garmin, water pack, cap or visor. Sometimes I like to guess if the person is a casual or a competitive runner in training by what they wear and how they run. It's like browsing through a running magazine, only live!
During the winter months, my running is scarce. I usually run after work, but now that the sun goes down at 5PM I haven’t been running. In December, my kids are on vacation and at home with me so I rarely have time to run. So it is this time that I notice my looks turn into a gaze.
"I wish that were me running right now," I'd say in admiration as I drive down the highway towing my kids around. And when I see a runner in the wee hours of the morning or late at night, I shake my head and mutter, "That's dedication."
If you’re like me and have been on a hiatus, don’t fret. Remind yourself that it is only temporary. This is a time to refresh, refuel, recover, and re-energize yourself for your next running season. For now, it’s okay to “look” at what others are doing. Let them be your source of inspiration.
So if you see a woman in a silver Honda Pilot with boys in the back seat, staring at you, don't be alarmed. I'm not a stalker. I'm just a person yearning to be running...instead of driving. And it could be YOU who inspires me to run with a pink skort. It could be YOU who inspires me to run barefoot. It could be YOU who inspires me to start running today!