Let’s be serious.

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I’ve had a few moments of spastic blog drafting in my head this week, but I’ve been too busy to write them down until now…

About marathons… I’m starting to actually like them. The only real problem I have is the nutrition aspect. But, I found a good blog that y’all should check out! It’s called Nutrition Success, and it’s written by an R.D. who is also a 2:45 marathoner. Now maybe I can figure out my carbohydrate loading issues and race day nutrition. Hopefully some of you will find this useful, too.

Running with earbuds… I was reading someone’s blog the other day and they did a review of a brand of headphones and I reeeeeally wanted to write a comment about the topic, but I couldn’t figure out a tactful way to state my case. As a victim of an assault that occurred while I was running alone, I cannot stress how important it is to be aware of your surroundings. My attacker was eventually arrested five years later when the investigators got a hit on his DNA, and that really had nothing to do with whether I was wearing headphones or not… But the fact that I was alert enough to think fast and come up with a good lie maybe bought me enough time to convince the guy to take off. So please don’t run with headphones unless you’re on the treadmill.

Spread the word to young runners too... My seniors got sick of hearing it from me for four years, but it might save a life!

Spread the word to young runners too… My seniors got sick of hearing it from me for four years, but it might save a life!

Random acts of kindness… I’ve been subjected to some random acts of meanness this week. Instead of complaining about rude comments and getting sucked in by all of the grinches out there, I’ve decided to do something nice for someone every day for the rest of this month. Are you in?

Any ideas for random acts of kindness? Any other teachers out there going through a rough week? What are your thoughts on running with headphones?

9 thoughts on “Let’s be serious.

  1. I agree on headphones – if you have them, at least make sure you’re aware of the surroundings. I wear them on occasion, but keep the volume low enough that I can hear what’s going on around me, and never wear them if it’s even remotely dark.

    • It’s scary out there… A lot of people just don’t look where they’re going when they drive, which is why I don’t like running after work! Not only does it get dark early but people are in such a rush to get home and the last thing on their mind is looking for pedestrians. I do sometimes carry my phone and listen to music from the speaker, which is another option…

      • Ever since my #1 runner was hit by a car while following all the pedestrian rules of the road (she suffered a double compound fracture and is still out–this was Aug 27–seeing scholarship dreams slip away and missing her friends every day after school) I have been vigilant-bordering-on-paranoid about road awareness of all kinds (we run in reflector vests after school, I run in the front with my arm sticking out into traffic and look behind me constantly, shouting “car! car!”) people are crazy/stupid/drunk/texting/mean/old and I want to be in possession of all my senses even when not encountering a malicious person as you did. I can’t even imagine.

        But, the real reason I started to comment is: YES. I’m on on random acts of kindness. I’ll start tonight!

  2. I never run with headphones because I love the sound of nature, my own footsteps, etc. If I’m on the treadmill (rare, you know) I watch tv or listen to music but never outside.
    I love how you turned the meanness in your life into a positive! Make sure to let us know some of your acts of kindness! I think something simple like a nice, anonymous note left for someone would be cool to receive!

  3. I’m not sure if this can be considered a RAK, because you know it is me and not very random. (BTW-I had Mrs. Smith for 3 years of math in high school & she talked up the RAK all the time…she was so sweet…loved her!). But, my act of kindness is to tell you that you are the bravest person I know and I’m so glad you’re my sister. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like without you in it! Also, I’m extremely sappy this time of year. Ok-kindness done for today & I can get back to yelling at B to get off of his laptop (maybe my RAK will go to him tomorrow) πŸ™‚

    p.s. I am STRONGLY against running with headphones. I am also psycho about safe running πŸ™‚

    • I know you are strongly against running with headphones, so thanks for agreeing with me! There is a lady that lives near us who walks in traffic every day wearing headphones, drinking Starbucks and reading a magazine all at the same time. I’ve seen her almost get hit before (and you know we leave near some busy roads)… just because you’re on the sidewalk does not mean that you’re safe! Yes, I think you should direct your next RAK to B…

  4. Wow, scary! I do not run with headphones, for the safety aspect and I find music distracts me too much on my run. Im always wanting to switch songs and am much more relaxed and aware without the music.

    • I know! Whenever someone asks me why I don’t listen to music when I run (and I don’t want to go into the whole story) I just say that I prefer to listen to the voices in my head lol…

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