I have noticed that wherever I run early in the morning, be it Baltimore, Charlottesville, or the Outer Banks, my co-runners are predominantly women. The last three mornings I have counted thirty (and stopped counting then), although there were many more. Each day I have counted three (actually today was five) men.
Awhile back, we had a fellow mother drop off something at our house. I was on the treadmill as she came to the window.
"I admire people who can run this late," she said. It was 8:30 pm and I had recently put my girls to bed.
"It is one of the only times I can manage to fit it in," was my reply.
"I am a morning runner. Everyday at 4:30 I get up to fit my run in." My mouth dropped, as would any normal human's.
In the past, there has been a 5:30am period of running - it ended after about a week of needing a bedtime before my kids'. In any case, during that week, I observed there was never a male runner. There were single women, women with strollers, and women in pairs but never a man. (For reals. Not making it up.)
This observation continues to hold true and it is bewildering. These runners must be like me :
Women trying to fit it into their busy days
Mothers teaching their children the value of exercise
Running to spend time with your daughter
Type A personalities needing a challenge - seeing how fast or how far your body can take you
Running because it turns on your brain
Feeling of accomplishment after every single run even if it was only a mile and everything else you do that day is icing on the cake
Sublimating frustration into something else productive - when you feel bad and you run, you feel better; When you feel good and you run, you still feel better!
Running for health
Because it feels great
Running as a form a meditation
Running to run away from something
Running to get time for yourself
Running is always there, like an old friend, whenever you need it, even after a break
Running for the high of running
I don't know what reasons they have, or why there aren't more men out there. In any case, it is an honor to be part of this community. Thank you for the inspiration.