Monday, March 7, 2011

Jogging and Thongs

I was lying awake one night, I seem to have caught my mom's penchant for early morning SVU reruns, and I was composing what seemed like a pretty hilarious blog post. It was 4 AM. Lots of things seem different at 4 AM.

But I still think it's pretty clever, if not hilarious. And at least it's a post, no?

So I took Emma out for a little run the other day. She's a trooper. She likes to run, and she likes to take walk breaks, which is totally fine with me. It got me thinking back to when I was kid, and my dad used to take us jogging with him once in a while. What ever happened to jogging? Just the word conjures up images of leisurely running by neighbors and waving a hearty "Hello!", then returning to a prancing gallop down the street.

Suddenly now it's become running. Running and keeping track of our heart rate and our distance to the step. Running and carrying water bottles and gel packs. Running and getting so focused on our breathing and our stride and our playlist shoved into our ears, so we don't even notice our friendly neighbors as we pass.

I miss jogging. I think I'm going to bring back jogging.

The other things I miss are thongs. Ah, thongs that you could wear to the beach, or around town. Now thongs are something completely different, although I'm sure you could still wear them to the beach and around town.

Mostly I miss the way things used to be. Slower pace, simpler, more down home. Now we deal with email and traffic and the hustle and bustle of getting through each day in one piece.

If you see me out jogging in my thongs, you'll understand that I'm just trying to get back to my roots.

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Nurse Heidi said...

Mental image...must.stop.thinking.

I am a very social runner myself. I always like to round up a friend or three to go with me. It makes me sad in races when people are so absorbed in their music that they don't want to chat with their fellow racers. That's where I notice the self absorption the most. I'd rather race a little slower and enjoy a good conversation than beat the almighty clock and have a boring solo run.

nikkipicky said...

I LOVE IT!!! Jogging in my thongs!
What ever happened to thongs really? I once accidentally asked my teenager where she got her darling thongs?...Look of horror crossed her face...Sorry Flip Flops.

grannybabs said...

Seems like someone's always taking perfectly nice words and distorting them for us oldsters!!