A few times when I’ve left the department around 7 pm (late for some days, early for others), I’ve seen one particular runner. He’s in his mid to late 20s, has shoulder length brown hair and a lean runner’s body. He looks like an effortlessly fast runner.
However, when I first saw him, I didn’t think my usual first thought when I see a runner which is “God, I should/need/WANT to be running right now.” Instead, when I saw him, I thought “What the hell?!”
You see, this guy has a running tick of sorts. Like how Paula Radcliffe has a head bop when she runs. Except this guy doesn’t do the head nod. Instead, his arms swing like he’s playing the drums. It’s not a subtle movement either.
At first I thought maybe he was rocking out to some tunes, but in all the times I’ve seen him he hasn’t been wearing earphones. Maybe he’s just drumming to music in his head. If so, it appears his head music is on repeat, because his arms keep jamming away on that invisible drum in the same steady rhythm.
Now when I see him, I think “I want to go for a run”. Oh, and I also think of this:
Now back to me
I’ve done jack all for a week. Last week I did manage to hit the pool once and I went punting on Sunday, but other than that it’s been balls to the wall on my dissertation.
My eating habits have taken a turn for the worse as well. I had been begging a friend for five months to make his famous cinnamon rolls. He finally did this past weekend. I’m pretty sure I consumed an entire pan of them on my own. When I walked by my bathroom scale this morning, I believe I heard it groan. Never a good sign.
I need a plan of some sort—one that won’t interfere too much with my shit work schedule but still allows me to retain an iota of sanity and to prevent myself from outgrowing my fat pants. Preferably a plan that includes some kind of strength training considering how sore my arms were the day after punting. That’s just pathetic.
I will be brainstorming tonight as I pack my books into boxes the local liquor store is putting aside for me. (Irony, I has it.) If you have any suggestions, let loose in the comments. I will take them under advisement.
Hope you’re all doing well.