There I was, breathing hard and going for a big PR. Everything was going according to plan … until we took an unexpected turn off the pavement into some sand. Huh, I thought to my race-weary self. And then I look ahead and my competitors are swimming like dolphins in a river of rainbow colored water. I, on the other hand, was flailing my weak runner arms and trying not to snort water up my nose.
***BEEP!*** ***BEEP!*** ***BEEP!****
What a relief, it was just a dream! Talking to the other Salties, I’ve come to realize that running dreams are pretty common. But what do they mean?
As your resident Certified A+ Interpretess of All Things Dreamy (what? I got my certificate at the Dream Institute of My Bedroom on Thursday night), I’ve analyzed 5 of the most common running dreams to help you make sense of the madness.
1. You’ve arrived at your goal race fit and uninjured but butt naked.
Catnip’s interpretation: Time for a wardrobe update! Whip out that credit card and hit up the running store. You definitely need a new pair of shoes, too.
2. You’re running a race with an impossibly confusing route. Maybe it’s a 5k with stairs. And indoor detours. And confusing directional markings and maybe even a dead end!
Catnip’s interpretation: You’re bored with the 5 mile loop. Change up your route. Consider parkour!
3. Your legs are heavy cement blocks and you’re moving in slow motion. Other runners gallop by effortlessly.
Catnip’s interpretation: You bonked. Try a gel before bed next time.
4. Holy fartlek, you’re winning the race! The crowd goes wild!
Catnip’s interpretation: Clearly you’re destined for success and can now quit your day job and immediately enter all the USATF championship races.
5. You pooped your shorts.
Catnip’s interpretation: Shorts are bad. Run naked.
Tell us your dreams in the comments and we’ll intepret them for you!