I was out running this morning and wasn't even a half mile from my house before my first encounter. It was a guy going downhill as I was going up.
"Harder going up than down, I bet", he panted, "Hmmm, looking forwad to that *sarcasm*"
There were others too. Some of them across the street. Some of them crossing at intersections. Some of them with dogs. None with cats. All were running.
It was a beautiful morning, so I can't say as I blame them. If not for the nice weather conditions, it seemed like the week after New Years with all of the Resolution Runners.
The regular cohorts were there too - the feisty Korean Grandma (really, I know the grandkids. They're definitely hers, they're definitely Korean), the woman who puts lights on her Shelties in the dark winter mornings, they guy who seemingly always wears a sweatshirt and shorts, no matter the weather...
But all these new faces! I pondered and deduced what must be the cause. It's the Olympics!
Especially with track and field getting the bulk of prime time attention this week. It's like when we were kids and we'd watch the Olympic athletes and then want to go out and do what they were doing.
Joe noted their perfect bodies, and yes there is that... But I also appreciate that blazing speed and making it look so easy.
We watch the replays in slo-mo - their faces totally relaxed with cheeks and lips flopping about while they are running 20+ miles an hour or clearing hurdles.
Unlike some of the other events, running is perhaps something people feel more readily able to do. Could you do a back handspring atop a balance beam? Me neither. Swimming requires a pool. But running?
So, we watch. It looks easy. We go out with visions of grandeur. Or not. But still, it looks fun so why not?
It was nice to see these unfamiliars out this morning - even in Mouse Town there were three more. History tells me they likely won't stick around for long. But it's nice to think that there is still some impressionable kid in all of us.
Or maybe there's another reason behind the fad.