A couple of weeks ago, Amanda, wrote a post entitled “Who’s that Runner?” It made me laugh because I thought I was the only one who came up with names and stories of the other runners I routinely see out on my runs or running by my house.
Every runner has a story.
A story of what they are training for, how long they’ve been a runner, their worst race ever. War stories of injuries, running in driving rain, bitter cold and blizzards.
I see a lot of the same runner’s. I may never know their stories or their names. So I make my own up. Truthfully, I think mine are probably a lot more interesting.
Here’s just a few of the frequent cast of characters I see.
Grunter – A super speedy girl who will never take me by surprise. I hear her grunts way before I see her. Is that her way of saying “On your left!”?
Insanely Overdressed Guy – I’m in a tank and shorts in July. He’s in a Old Navy 1/2 zip fleece, gloves and ski hat. I always want to say “It is so cold out!”
Insanely Underdressed Guy – For every piece of clothing Insanely Overdressed Guy puts on, Insanely Underdressed Guy takes off. No matter what the season. 20 degrees? T-shirt and shorts. Snowing? T-shirt and shorts. MAYBE he’ll put a long sleeve shirt on. Maybe.
This is Painful but I’m Doing it Anyway Guy – Two ankle braces and a knee brace and it looks like he winces in pain with every step. Yet he runs by my house almost every single day.
Miss I Never Smile, Wave or Say Hi – Doesn’t she know the runner’s code?
Dan, Dan the running man. Running by as fast as he can. - So I actually know this guys name. But he’s so fast that he gets a jingle. However, I can’t claim credit for it. Ron came up with this one all on his own.
The Twins – I’ve seen these two ladies running together ever since I’ve moved to the area 8 years ago. I would love to be their triplet but they are always starting when I’m finishing! If only I didn’t have to be done with my run so early. We could be besties…
I wonder what other runners call me? Hmmmm…
Do you make up names for runners in your area that you don’t know?