Like most normal human beings, I run with my shirt on. But yesterday evening, I decided to challenge my typically short runs with a fast, longer run on the Booty Loop - without a shirt. I ate a mozzarella stick and drank a beer 2 hours before I ran. Bad idea, but some co-workers were hanging out and I couldn't turn it down. Luckily (and surprisingly) it didn't get in the way of a solid run.
Okay, let's get to running. My mini Booty Loop run was a total of 2.27 miles.
The shirtless experience was fascinating and honestly, it was kind of embarrassing that I forced my wife to follow me for a little bit and snap photos. Here are 7 surprises I discovered on my shirtless Booty Loop run.
1) No run/walk combo. Sometimes I run too far away from my house, get exhausted and then walk for a little bit. I couldn't be a "shirtless walker," so this provided inspiration to run the entire time. No walking.
2) Relatively liberating. Not going to lie, when I took my shirt off to run I kind of felt like an idiot. But, it was liberating and felt great. I was shocked by the number and variety of shirtless runners. I saw a jacked shirtless runner, kind of over-weight shirtless runner and middle school kid shirtless runner. I'm starting to think I'm the idiot for wearing a shirt.
3) Houses. I was surprised by the number of homes for sale on the Booty Loop (Queens Road West). I checked out my Zillow app post-run and I'd like to buy one. Wow, they are beautiful homes.
4) No honks. I was disappointed that I had to come home and tell my wife that I didn't get any honks from female drivers. I'd thought I'd at least get a few shout outs via a honk or two, but I struck out.
5) Stroller triple. Right when I was proud of myself for running a fast 2 miles, I saw what looked like a golf cart in the distance. As I got closer I realized it was a mom running while pushing a stroller with three babies. Wow. That's legit.
6) Bikers. Who rides their bike at 6 p.m. on Queens Road West? Answer: lots of people. It's pretty scary to think of biking on a high-traffic road at rush hour. Seems like a horrible idea, but I guess that doesn't deter anyone.
7) Lots of look-backs. I looked over my shoulder at least 5 times and increased my speed because I didn't want to be the shirtless guy that gets passed by another runner. This served as inspiration to keep up my speed.
After my run, I did what any runner would do - carb up with a huge dish of Bolognese pasta from Portofino's and glue myself to the television for the #bacherlottefinale. Delicious (both the pasta and the horrible reality television).
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