Run Like Someone Is Chasing You

cold stone creamery sundae


I have finally matured enough to be able to see the bright side to an almost-sad ice cream situation.

Normally when Cold Stone Creamery is out of my favorite chocolate-dipped waffle bowls, I complain, huff and then puff, complain again and then storm out.

cold stone creamery sundae

Saturday night however, I realized that no waffle bowl meant no chance of any part of my sundae breaking off and dropping to the ground as it did on National Ice Cream Day.

That was really traumatizing I tell you.

Instead I ordered waffle cone pieces mixed in for the crunch factor along with the usual chocolate chips, whipped cream and hot fudge.

So I am up early chatting with you on this Labor Day morning because I am leaving shortly to run that five-mile race in Long Beach.

It sure feels like it was yesterday that I ran the ten-mile race  on Memorial Day yet somehow it’s already Labor Day and time to run this race again.

Since this race is only five miles, I still ran long (13.1 miles) on Saturday per the usual routine.

running path

I had the running path in my neighborhood pretty much to myself aside from the usual dog walkers until around mile nine when I noticed that same guy who randomly decides to run coming up the path behind me.


I know better than to look behind me while running and even thought of Cait’s cute from cartoon from the other day where I told her I ONLY watch for approaching shadows but this time, I saw him somehow out of the corner of my eye catching up to me from behind.

Mile nine was not exactly where I felt like kicking things into some high gear but I just could not let him pass me.

He never has and he never will.

Yes, I realize there is something wrong with me and even if I didn’t, my father told me so after telling him this story.

I picked up my pace and ran like someone was chasing me, which in my mind, I think he really was. He was going faster than usual.

Of course, his fast is still not faster than me. Ha. It’s a great feeling.

Running tip: If you want to run faster, get someone to chase you.

I may need that guy to run this race with me today. Last year’s finish time for this race of 39 minutes (and some seconds, I forget exactly) doesn’t seem like it will happen for me today, but who knows, right?

We shall see.

You should know that it isn’t easy to sign up for races as a single mom.

I don’t run many races yet the races I do select involve an extra thought process of figuring out if my son will be with his dad that day and if not, are my parents around to help me out.

My parents came with us for the weekend when I ran the Hershey Park Half Marathon so that someone would be with my son while I ran the race.

I always want to run the Disney races because it would be so fun for us to go but the logistics always prevent me from signing up and I would never run a Disney race without bringing my son along for the fun.

I was so excited to learn yesterday via this article that the Rock ‘n’ Roll races have started a babysitting option called Race Kids.

As an insane mom, I wouldn’t trust just anyone with my son but this would be something of interest for me and I sure hope that more races (like Disney!) would begin to implement something similar!

Geez, I am so busy chatting that I didn’t realize the time and must get myself moving and out the door. Before I go, you must check out this link for 200 Recipes For Football Season. I love Jessica and her recipes are just ridiculous.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


If you are a parent, what do you do with your kids when you run races?

Best dessert you ate all weekend?

Anyone run a race this weekend? How did it go?





Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

14 thoughts on “Run Like Someone Is Chasing You”

  1. Hahaha that seems so silly, but at the same time it makes total sense! We always do run best when we are in races….I love chasing men down, and passing them not breathing, especially when they try race me 😉

    As for national ice cream day, wasnt that a few months ago?? Or is that when you were talking about. I am excited, when I move I can get cold stone much easier….actually maybe thats a bad thing!

  2. When I am running and someone is approaching it always makes me speed up! I hate the awkward feeling when you are almost running next to someone so I will go out of my way to gain some distance.
    I know my coworker who is a runner had to back out of races before due to not having someone to watch his kids (his wife had to go out of town). It definitely makes things tricky!

    1. Totally tricky when you have kids. I am lucky that my parents help me out and that my son spends a lot of time with his dad. I also don’t run many races so I don’t need much coordination too often but I would love to run the Disney Races!

  3. jeeeeze your coldstone pictures get me every time.. now i need to go to coldstone.

    I’m a student so my runs always go through campus or downtown in some way.. and I always run faster when I’m in the main downtown region where I know people are looking at me and someone might recognize me. It’s weird, but honestly its good for me to push myself so if it takes being a little self conscious, whatever, right?

    1. I think it’s great motivation. I struggle to really push my pace when I am just running out there alone. As much as I love it, I could use some more people to get me to run a bit faster more often to test my speed.

  4. I get a little too competitive sometimes and similarly, when I was on my training run, some guy was approaching and I just would NOT let him past me. I dropped 30 seconds off my pace and refused to budge, the more he tried to catch up, the harder I ran until after 3k, he dropped off haha. Clearly I have a bit of a problem 😛

  5. I never race anyone running, because I don’t really run, but I do race people into restaurants to make sure they are not ahead of me on the wait list. 🙂 It is all about the satisfaction haha

  6. Running is not my forte, not by a long shot so I have learned to become okay with being passed by pretty much everybody. I could kick some serious butt in a car though. There I don’t let anyone pass me if I can help it. 🙂

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