Why I don’t run to catch the busPosted: 17 May 2009
I was quite surprised that Jhenifer at the Buzzer Blog chose to put up my question for this week’s fun poll, after she put out an open call for suggestions. (Oh yeah, and if you saw my title, you know how I voted.)
I was inspired to come up with this poll question by the simple fact that I am a runner, but when it comes to chasing a bus, I can’t be bothered to do it, at least not anymore. Back in high school, I could easily sprint across busy intersections or bound up escalators to catch a bus or SkyTrain that had just arrived.
At some point, probably around the time I was doing my undergrad at UBC, I didn’t bother so much. Maybe it was the fact that, for the most part, I had an idea of when my bus was due to depart (especially after night classes). Nowadays, with next-bus information readily available by phone, txt, or web, there’s really no need to be caught off-guard with a just-arrived bus.
Besides, given my training for long-distance running, sprinting just isn’t my specialty. The first few times I attempted speedwork at a track, I felt like I tested my physical limits at running at top speed. I’m sure I could have just collapsed at the end. Don’t get me wrong, speed training does help in a half marathon, as long you’re mentally prepared to tackle it.
That’s my explanation for the poll question and my reasons why I voted “No”. I had no delusion of changing anyone’s mind in voting, but if I did, then bonus to me! I’ll catch you on the bus, if I can make it.