Have you ever dreamt that you slept through your alarm before a race? Or dreamt that you took the wrong shoes (or two shoes from different pairs)? Or woken up with your heart racing because you forgot where your race was?
Are you sure you are a runner? I only ask because it seems like every runner I know has an anxiety dream at one point or another, which is why today’s topic is “race dreams”. Patty, Marcia, and I want to hear about yours.
I, of course, no longer have crazy dreams the night before a race. Unfortunately, the only reason I don’t have those dreams the night before a race is because I don’t sleep. I’ve completely lost the ability to relax and catch some z’s. Sigh. Sometimes I don’t even try to sleep – I just relax with a good book and hope I doze at least a little bit.
But I did have a bizarre race dream not that long ago. Apparently I was going to run a marathon and when I showed up at the start, I was the only runner. But that was ok, because it wasn’t a timed event. It was an urban survival event. I had to run through buildings and climb a tree house? and go through trap doors, all while gathering these random notes that were everywhere. But it had to be precisely marathon distance, so I had to be careful not to miss a turn. It was like an OCR meets scavenger hunt meets inner city. I woke up in a near panic because I couldn’t figure out one of the turns and was convinced I’d never get home.
Yeah, that was one weird race dream. Have you had any bizarre ones or just the usual anxiety dreams?