During my run this past Friday, I wanted to increase my distance but I have to change the route. School will be starting in a few weeks so I can no longer use the elementary playground (because I don’t want to look like some perv creeper). I thought the route I picked would be longer than the 4.4 miles I have been running through all of July. Unfortunately it is actually shorter so I ended up forcing myself to alter my route at the last minute to try to at least hit the same distance. As a result, I had to double back on parts of my route. I hate that!
When I go out running, for some reason I have it in my head that I cannot finish coming from the same direction in which I left. For example, if I turn East at the end of my driveway, I should be coming from the West when I get back. I also hate going the reverse direction on the same side of the street. If I am going East on the North side of the street, the next time I go down that street I need to be going West on the South side of the street.
Yes, I know I am strange. It’s some weird symmetrical OCD. I would hypothesis that most runners are more concerned about the distance and the pace instead of the route. This Friday will be different. I have already plotted out my route and yes, it is a complete circuit and it will be longer.
The things that go through my mind when I’m alone with nothing but my thoughts for entertainment is dangerous. Some might even say eccentric. Consider this your warning when reading my Random Thought of the Day