Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Why Football Season Means More Running...

Today is Wednesday, and it's significant. 

Because it's humpday? No. Because I have morning duty at work? Pfft, no. Because, tonight, is my running group, iRUN's, evening run? Ok, yeah, but there's another reason. I'll tell you why: because the NFL season begins tonight. How is this significant, you may be asking right about now.

Let me begin, at the risk of alienating many of you out there, by saying that I strongly dislike the Cowboys. Strongly. When they play, it's always A.B.C. (Anybody But the Cowboys). Them's fighting words down here in the RGV, but it had to be said.

But I digress. Several seasons ago I realized that the best day and time to do my long runs (and not worry about traffic) was when the Cowboys were playing. Everybody is watching them play at home or at a bar. Everybody.

For those 3 hours or so, I can afford to cross the street at any point other than an intersection, and I don't have to worry about those annoying honks (unless they're friends honking to say hi). Added bonus: no traffic means I can run without inhaling exhaust fumes.
As a matter of fact, it's probably the best time to go to HEB or Wal-Mart. The places are D-E-A-D. For a person like me who doesn't like crowds, that's perfect!

Football season couldn't begin a moment too soon - my Sunday runs are about to get long - just in time for my next ultra: Cactus Rose.

For the next 5 months or so, I will be rooting for "America's Team" to play...not win, just play. If they lose, it'll be icing on my ultra running cake.

While you're watching the game for 3 hours, I'll be running for those same 3 hours.

Let's just hope Cowpoke fans don't drown their sorrows of defeat in alcohol and then have to drive home on the same streets I'm running.


  1. My favorite post so far! I'm sooooo glad we both HATE the Cowgirls. Now I know for sure, why you are one of my favorite human beings!!! I couldn't stop laughing picturing you running, crossing streets and no car in sight with a huge grin on your face. I agree it is a great day to grocery shop. HEB is dead. I'm usually the only one not in a Cowboys jersey around 5:30 pm at the store. I'm still not sure if I'm running Cactus...but I'll join you for the long runs as long as we have ritas after. :)

    1. LOL. I'm briefly entertaining the thought of upping to the 100 if..IF i can get 2 pacers. 1 for miles 50-75 and another for 76-100. Judy has agreed to the 50-75. She's a firm yes. Just looking for another 1 for the last push. Hint. Hint. I'm thinking that since the weather should be milder, it should be to my advantage.

  2. Hmm....I just might pace you. I'll take my tamarindo and a 5hr energy shot. I'll save my jokes till then.

    1. You did it!!! Great job and thanks for pacing me!!!