Enter the new work group. Yesterday, I happened to be chatting with several new friends about my "welcome the new employee" email that was about to be circulated. It included a small mention of my running. That was enough to encourage questions...Run often? How far? Do you do 5K races? Ever run a marathon? You can imagine my response. Yes indeed, I do run...often...at very long distances...and I have raced from 5Ks to marathons...and beyond. Yes, beyond the marathon. Within seconds, I was casually talking about the Umstead 100-mile trail race I was registered for in April. Then the questions started...
- How long does that take?
- When do you sleep?
- What about food?
- Don't you get tired?
- Don't you get injured?
- You do realize that you are crazy?
Crazy. Yes, everyone called me crazy. That's the kind of respect ultrarunners deserve!
I suppose running ultra distances (beyond the standard 26.2 miles of the marathon) is a little different. Not sure it counts as "crazy," but maybe it does. I'm a little too entrenched to make a non-biased judgment. I find it normal. Many of my friends also run marathons and ultras. Guess we are, to put it kindly, "special people." Yes, we are special...and maybe a touch crazy. Crazy can be good.
Anyway, I feel at home in my new position. The people are friendly, competent, and fun. And they find me crazy. It's all good. It's refreshing to have a new group of people that find me crazy. I'm running out of people that don't know I'm an ultra runner. Running is what I do. Running long is my "thing." And, at times, it may indeed be crazy. Wonder what happens when my new colleagues find out I also run barefoot!