This mornings run…..it was awkward!

Hey from Venice!

Casey Key
Remember when I said I’ve been having a lot of migraines recently and getting injured without knowing how, or even knowing that I was injured in the first place? Yeah, well, I’m seeing my doctor here in Venice today just to make sure everything is okay. I’m sure it is but you can never be too careful even if you’re a 37 year old real housewife.

But before I head off to the doctor’s office I thought I would share with a little tidbit about my run this morning.

I headed out around 7am but it was already ridiculously humid. As I ran down the path I noticed some overgrown bushes hanging over the trail. I saw the wet morning dew beading on the bushes and I decided to run through them in the hopes I’d get some water on me and cool myself down.

It was a good idea except for the little black gnat-like bugs that ended up pasted to my skin and clothes, and they were not about to come off without a shower, so I just decided to finish my run.  When I came upon the trail head closest to my house there was a man and two ladies sitting on the bench having morning coffee.

The lady looked up and said, “It looks like you got attacked by some bugs.”

After thinking about it for probably a bit too long I said, “Yes, and I’m gnat happy.”

And then the man began to speak in what was the most crystal clear Peter Griffen, straight outta Boston voice I have ever heard, and he said, “Why? Did you fall down?”

I said, “NO, I said I’m gnat happy, gnat

He said, “I know, did you fall?”

I said, “No, I said gnat, g, n, a, t, get it?”

And he said, “Oh I got it a long time ago, it’s just gnat funny.”

“Oh, everybody’s a comedian,” I said.

And without missing a beat the man said, “Well, everybody but you.”

And then I laughed a little forced laugh and ran my awkward ass back home.

Have a great Friday y’all!

Are most runners introverts?

I love Audrey Hepburn and I have for as long as I can remember. When I first saw her in the role of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s I just knew that one day I would move to New York and become a socialite. Of course I was only 7 so what did I know but something in Audrey Hepburn just resonated with me. I felt connected to her, I loved her style, her voice and her elegance.

audrey hepburn introvert
Most people are surprised to find out that she was introverted. Most people are surprised to find that I am as well. But I am. I most definitely am.

When I was younger I’m sure most people would have described me as outgoing or extroverted but that was never the case. Crowds and situations that might easily embarrass me gave me great anxiety. Although I may have seemed confident and happy being in the midst of crowds, I really wasn’t. It made me feel terribly insecure and uncomfortable. I don’t think anyone other than my mother knew how terribly tortured my soul was.

introverts unite
As time went on and with the help of self-evaluation, and maybe a therapist or three, I became much more comfortable in my own skin. I came to realize that while I like people and having friends, most days I prefer to be alone.

MacGyver thinks I should go work from Starbucks a few days a week just to get out and be around people but I don’t really want to. I like being at home with the dogs. I like being at home alone. I am not sad, I’m not depressed, and I’m not anti-social. I just don’t like to be around people a lot and that’s okay.  I’m okay.

introverts talking

It’s also probably one of the reasons that I run. It’s an exercise that I can do anywhere. I don’t like the anxiety that I feel walking into a gym or an exercise class. I prefer the solitude of running alone. I love the thoughts that go through my head when I’m running. I really do. As weird as it may sound, I enjoy it.

I really enjoy running alone and while I may run with others on occasion, I do prefer my solo runs. I don’t like the stress of wondering if I can match someone else’s pace or if they can match mine. I stress over whether they’ll expect me to talk the whole time or if they’re quiet like me. I wonder if they’ll need to take breaks or if they won’t need to take breaks and before I even meet someone to run with them, I’m already stressed out.  It wears me out.

introverts rules
I also tend to be habitual in the routes that I run and I’ve noticed over time that once I start to see the same people over and over again, if any of them stop to talk to me, shortly after I change my route.

Introverts avoid

I know, it sounds rude but honestly, it isn’t.   For a long time I wasn’t consciously aware that I was doing it but I realized it about a year ago. I tried not doing it once I realized it was a pattern but it only made the anxiety worse.

introvert conversations

I wondered if other runners were introverts as well or if they had some of the same behavioral patterns as me and since I’m a huge fan of reddit I did manage to find several discussions on the subject and what I found is that there seems to be a lot of introverted runners.  Holy shit!  I’m not alone.

introverted runners

Of course reddit is not scientific proof of anything and I didn’t find any official studies, (well one but I couldn’t access it so it doesn’t count)  but I would love to learn more.  So in the interest of science or just my natural curiosity, I need to hear from you.

Are you a runner and if so are you an introverted or extroverted runner?

If you know of any studies on the subject, please send me the link, You know I love me some scientific facts!

WTF Wednesday, a little crazy, lots of lazy.

I was going to post a Throwback Thursday picture today and I had one all picked out. It was really a cute one too but then I remembered, it’s not Thursday. Ooops.

same shit different day
Today is the first day of fall and I can totally tell because it’s only 74 this morning and the humidity is only 91%. Plus, our high today will only be 90 so yeah, it’s officially fall! Break out the short sleeves and put away those tanks! Yippee.

fall in florida
Have any of you watched Dancing with the Stars this season? I’m not a huge fan of the show and I’ve probably only watched about 4 episodes in the entire life of the show and those were when my Mom was in town because she is a huge fan.

Anyway, last night MacGyver put on Fresh Off the Boat and then fell asleep so after it ended I was forced to watch Dancing with the Stars or retrieve the remote control from all the way on the other side of the coffee table, an entire 5 feet away.

Yes, I'm lazyThere was only one choice….

dwts
Anywho, is it just me or are half of the pro’s from Utah? Seriously! Ballroom dancing is obviously huge in Utah, who knew? And also, does anyone else find Paula Deen‘s flirty demeanor with her dance partner a bit creepy? And when she said she was scared and her white underwear wasn’t white anymore, Just eeeeeeeeeeeeew. Fortunately MacGyver woke up and changed the channel before I was forced to watch the entire thing.

And if my reluctance to walk 5 feet across the room to retrieve the remote isn’t evidence of how lazy I’ve been lately let me tell you about my morning. My alarm is set to go off at 6am every morning, regardless of the day, but I ALWAYS wake up first, always.

morning pee

This morning I woke up to pee at 5:45am, as I normally do, but then I did something totally different.  I went straight back to bed, shut off the alarm, and slept til 7:30am and I’m not even sorry.

I did manage to take the dogs on their walk before I wrote this post so at least I got that done. In fact, I’m so happy about that accomplishment that I think I deserve a nap.

lazy

Yes! Exactly.

WTF, it IS Wednesday.

Tell me about one show on TV that you just cannot stand?
When is the last time you had a lazy day?  Did you feel guilty about it?