We all have those guilty, or really, those not-so-guilty pleasures. Why am I calling them not-so-guilty pleasures? Because really, in order for it to be a GUILTY pleasure, you have to actually feel guilty at the same time that you are thoroughly enjoying what you’re doing. And what I’m about to talk to you about, I do not feel in the slightest bit guilty about. Maybe I should…but I don’t.
See, my not-so-guilty pleasure is that I completely, thoroughly, and engulfingly enjoy running through big cities in the middle of their streets because traffic is SHUT DOWN. This is one of my top 5 reasons that I absolutely LOVE to run races. I love it. It makes me so happy. I don’t feel all powerful or tyrannical or anything silly like that. Nope. I just feel happy from the top of my head, all the way down to my toes. I love that traffic is shut down for something as awesome as running. I love that non-runners line the streets with their funny and inspirational signs to cheer us on as we shut down the city so we can run through it.
I say that maybe I “should” feel guilty because I work in downtown Austin, TX and a few of the races I run require that the majority of downtown Austin and the access to it be shut down for hours. My coworkers are constantly cursing me when this happens…whether I’m running that race or not. I actually think it’s hilarious that they curse and blame me for it. I also like to point out that I’m usually long since done running by the time they’re trying to come to work and find a way that isn’t shut down to traffic, even if I’m running the Austin Marathon, but they won’t hear it. They still blame me. Whatever, I say. They’re just jealous, I say, because I have a sport important enough to shut down a city of half a million people. HA!
What do I love so much about running through the city streets? I love being able to actually take in the city street views and not have to look just straight ahead because I’m driving and don’t want to have an accident. I can actually gaze up at the beautiful architecture of the buildings as I run passed them. I can appreciate the city more when I can connect with it on this personal level. I feel more a part of the city as I run through its streets. More in tune with it. If you’re a city race runner, then you get what I’m saying.
Tell me, what’s your not-so-guilty pleasure?