And so with that - my Mother in law is what I am about to write about.
She left this morning, my wife took her to the airport at 4:30 am. Upon my wife's return - as I was about to leave for my day, I asked her what she is going to do all by herself all day, with me out of the house at work, the kids off to school.
The reply: "whatever I like cause my shadow won't be with me every waking minute of the day".
With that being said, (and just in case my wife - or God forbid - Mother in Law ever read this), I replied back - "then, have fun!"
Got me thinking while I was driving - I know, amazing that he can think and drive at the same time - too bad everyone else on I-25 can't do the same - anyhow...... why do we act different when others are around us?
Which then soon lead to running thoughts - why do we run different when we run with others? Maybe some people don't. I do - especially when in a race, but even when out for a run on a trail and I come up alongside someone, or vice versa, or when someone comes by the other way - I find myself trying to look like I am running better, stronger, faster than when no-one is around and I am by myself.
I can be (trying) to run up Barr Trail - particularly on the W's which really cause a hurting on me - and I look around and don't see anyone around, then I hear voices or turn a corner and see someone and immediately start moving at a quicker pace - sometimes from a walk to a jog, other times from a jog to a slightly faster jog. Admittedly - I try to put on a better impression of (my) reality.
I usually like to run by myself. When running with others I find I run a little different - be it slower, faster, with better form (less knuckledragging), with people I know, or around people I don't know. Does it have to be that way? Why does it happen? Why different?
It's not that I really care (too much) about what other people's reactions are to me when I am running. I know when I am out driving around and pass another runner I often times will think or say something about them or their style. "Wow, he is speedy", or, "wow, she could probably do with running a few more miles".
So, if I am responding to other runners - then they are possibly responding to me - therefore I am likely to run differently when seen by another runner.
I finish a race and look at the results - first area I look is what place I came in. Should I really care? I guess I do, because I do enter races (the likelihood of me ever winning anything ain't gonna happen - but if it did I would care about 1st place).
It's probably not wrong, or right - or maybe just a little of each. I would love to say that from now on - I will run no differently with or without
I guess what I am saying / writing - is that I have a Mother in law running complex. Could be worse I guess. I could have a complex about the way I smell during or after a run and I really don't care about that at all.