Running with Women: What They Talk About & PRO Compression Giveaway!
I have been running with a group on Saturday mornings since 2003. It is a good group of runners, with various paces. The cast has changed over time, but there has been a core that continues today. The main fiber of that core is women in their 30s or so.
As the lone dude most of the time, the conversations rarely touched on sports or cars.Other than the off comment like “my husband watched some sports on TV last night, but that was after he changed the oil in my car” — the major topics of discussion are clothes, food, spouse, kids, clothes, food, and did I mention clothes? Specifically running clothes? I never realized how hard it was for a woman to figure out what to wear to run. For me there are only two considerations:
- What is clean?
- What is the temperature?
Actually the temperature is the most critical element of my decision. But for women, it is a more complicated decision which is discussed in detail during the run. I can understand concerns about matching tights with a top. But apparently headbands must be considered as well.
And by all means, don’t get them started on Skorts, with or without pockets in the rear and does their cell phone make their butt look big.
But I draw the line when the topic turns to bras and chafing.All of these conversations, although not interesting, I can listen too over a long run of 14 or more miles. If you have ever run with a group for a long run, you know that the topics of discussion are varied. So it is not uncommon for the topic of undergarments to come up. Okay, I am a married man and have been happily married for 38 years (we celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary in April). So I am not embarrassed by this discussion. It is just that these ladies are like the daughters I never had (we had 3 boys). Talking about intimate apparel can make me uncomfortable.
To this day I think they bring up the topic just to see my reaction. Well I have tried various approaches to deal with the situation. I tried listening and making comments when I thought it was appropriate. You know, to appear concerned with my fellow runner’s fate. I learned quickly that some comments can be taken out of context.
So then I tried covering my ears and singing real loud. That kept me out of the conversation, but it tended to disrupt their conversation, plus I tripped and almost fell a few times trying to run with my hands over my ears.
Fartlek. I finally found the perfect solution. Fartlek. Yes, you heard me. BTW, a “fartlek” is when you speed up for a short distance. It is a good training tool to increase your speed. So whenever the conversation turns to bras, etc., I simply take off as fast as I can for as long as I can. I cannot hear the conversation (that well), and I get some good speed work in. They will eventually yell at me when the topic is changed to something more appropriate for a father and the daughters he never had.
So if you ever encounter this dilemma, just think “fartlek.”
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