Being an online coach has its perks: my articles are read by hundreds of thousands of runners and I’ve talked with the top coaches and authors in the running world.
More importantly, I write training plans while blasting Taylor Swift’s Today Was a Fairytale.
It’s a good life.
But my favorite aspect of coaching is that I love reading your feedback and suggestions. My email readers know that I love surveys (and that feedback influences what I write and how I coach).
And recently my Twitter followers got the following simple question:
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen while out for a run?
— Jason Fitzgerald (@JasonFitz1) October 1, 2013
The response was epic. I laughed, cried, scratched my head, and enthusiastically yelled to my wife, “You have to hear this!“
Today I want to share the top stories, in 140 characters or less. Enjoy!
I got chased by a baby deer. It got scared when I realized it was chasing me and screamed and ran away after giving me sad eyes
— RunStretchGo (@cldem) October 1, 2013
A couple skinny dipping in a mountain lake. Before you ask, I didn’t join.
— Doug Hay (@RockCreekRunner) October 1, 2013
ran past a burning hair dressers once, the owner was getting his cats out. I had my phone and called fire brigade
— Ntutu Letseka (@gosharpshooter) October 1, 2013
lady sat in car parked on seafront, plucking nasal hair out with tweezers in her rear view mirror. Odd.
— lucy cane (@lulubellrunner) October 1, 2013
A cow chased me during an ultra.
— Alex Beecher (@Baristing) October 1, 2013
I almost stepped on a rabid raccoon this morning. That has to be up there.
— Midpack Biped (@midpackbiped) October 1, 2013
I heard about a hundred toads croaking at 6am once. Didn’t “see” them, but it was definitely weird!
— Fjola Melody (@feebabble) October 1, 2013
dude stopped and had a smoke after every 10 mile loop during a 50 mile ultra.
— Vincent Sullivan (@vmsullyvan) October 1, 2013
A guy out for a morning walk twirling a broomstick
— L R (@runningdives) October 1, 2013
6:00am one weekday morning last April. Sun almost rising. Saw a couple completely naked and having sex in a public park.
— Andrew G (@uhAndrew) October 1, 2013
A bull in front of me tried to jump a barbed wire fence, tore it down instead, stood me down on the road & then we both ran away
— SKORA Running (@skoraRunning) October 1, 2013
When I was in Jersey, every day at 5AM, investment bankers gathering for spliffs before getting on the train to NYC.
— Heather Wiatrowski (@Heatheruns2much) October 1, 2013
To join in on the fun, follow me on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/jasonfitz1
Now it’s your turn: what’s the weirdest, craziest, or funniest thing you’ve seen while out running? Leave your story in the comments below!