Friday, March 27, 2015

Dreaming, running, and fish

I'm on vacation this week, and I've been taking a break from blogging. I won't lie--my fingers have been itching to get on the keyboard. But it's been a really busy, fun filled week and it was good to take the break. It's raining right now, and seems like a good time for a blog post.

Especially because last night, or rather early this morning, I had the strangest dream.

I'm a pretty deep sleeper and I don't normally remember my dreams, but I woke up to rain in the middle of the night, and when I fell back asleep, I had some vivid dreams. Worlds were colliding--running, Florida, and real life.


In this dream, I was shopping at the mall for a pair of running shoes. This mall wasn't one I'd ever been to in real life, but I've been there before in my dreams. Whenever I dream about shopping, I'm shopping at this mall. Weird, I know. I was shopping with a friend--I think it was Sara aka Cheesy Runner Mom-- and we went to a futuristic store where running shoes were sold.  Have you ever been to Niketown? That's what this store reminded me of. While the amount of products are pretty sparse, the store has some pretty elaborate displays hyping the merchandise. The store in my dream had a shoe program similar to the Shoe Dog application that Road Runner Sports uses to help runners choose the right shoes. I provided the clerk with all my information and he entered it into the program.

I assumed that the program would choose my beloved Asics Gel Nimbus, because I've had such great success in those shoes and had been wearing them for years without problems. But no, the program found another shoe for me. The store clerk took me over to the shoes that I should be wearing.

I looked at the shoes, stunned. Yes, they were Asics. But these shoes were the newest model, the clerk told me. Apparently I had been wearing the wrong shoes all this time. The uppers were clear purple, made of some type of synthetic clear plastic material. The sole was hot pink. There was nothing to them, really. There were no other colors to choose from, but next to them on the display was a similar pair with high heels. I showed them to Sara and we laughed. The clerk told us that the high heel model was in high demand with those "in the know".

The closest thing I could find to the shoes in my dream. Not Asics, these are Nikes. Would you run in these?

The ones that he showed me were called the Fishity Fish. I kid you not.

While the shoe clerk went to get a pair in my size--he told me they run "long"--, I noticed a big sign next to the display. There, on the sign was a picture of Dimity McDowell, of Another Mother Runner fame, along with her endorsement of the Fishity Fish shoe. I kid you not. Well, I thought to myself, if Dimity is endorsing these shoes, I have to try them.

Dimity, triumphant at her Ironman. I don't think she ran in the Fishity Fish shoes of my dream. I believe she's a Saucony girl, tho.
I was trying the shoes on, and I noticed that they were really light. The new minimalist shoe, perhaps? While I was trying the shoes on, we heard the overhead speakers calling a code blue. Sara and I saw paramedics wheeling a gurney with a hairy guy laying on it. "Did you see him laying on the floor?" she asked me. I shook my head. More randomness.

Weird, indeed. I slowly woke up at this point. I laid in bed for a while, thinking about this dream. This dream was so bizarre that I tried really hard to remember the details. I got up, made coffee, and grabbed my laptop, to record some of the details. Even now, as I flesh out the text of this blog post, I barely remember much of the dream.

Did I buy the shoes? I don't recall. I think I woke up before I paid for them.

What prompted this dream? Although I have been running on vacation, I've been busy with other activities too. I actually don't dream much about running. My oldest son has spent most of his time this week fishing off the pier. We've been sunning, swimming, and kayaking. We've been eating a lot of fresh fish, particularly grouper and shrimp. And I haven't given work a thought, so the guy needing CPR was pretty random. My running route here on the island does take me past the fire station. I've seen the paramedics heading out a couple of times. Maybe it was that? Who knows. Funny what your subconscious will do.

And just to keep the bizarreness coming, on my run this morning, I did a double take when I saw a clown driving a minivan. Florida is full of characters. Apparently I'm one of them.



Have you ever had a dream so strange that you write the details down, just to remember what happened? Do you have recurring themes in your dreams, like I do with the shopping mall? Do you dream about running? Anyone care to share their weird dreams with me, so I don't feel alone here... !

Linking up with Tuesdays on the Run...Marcia, Ericka, and Patti! Check out everyone else's dreams...

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  1. You remember it so vividly!!! What a funny dream! And that clown is so creepy! AHH!

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    1. I didn't want to forget it because it was so WEIRD! LOL. And then seeing the clown on the run this morning. What a strange day!

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  2. Wow, that is so random! Amazing that you remembered that much detail. I hardly ever remember my dreams.

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    1. I thought it was weird too. That's why I wrote it down!

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  3. I forget my dreams as soon as I wake up.

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  4. I seem to have pretty vivid dreams, but forget them upon waking.....but often times, I'll hear something or see something that evokes a deja vu thing, and it's usually something from a dream. I know, we runners are interesting pieces of work :-)

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    1. I'm so glad you get it. It was just such a crazy dream, I hated to let it go!

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  5. LOL well I have strange dreams on a semi-regular basis. I tribute them to my anti-depressants. But yeah, that is a funky dream you had. I may have to write down my next one.

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    1. I usually don't write mine down. But since this was running related, and so weird...well, I had to share.

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  6. Hope you had a great vacation! We're getting ready to leave on vacation, and I'm debating whether or not I want to write while we're away.

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    1. I wasn't going to write, but since it rained today and I had the weird dream...saw the clown...the words just found the page.

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  7. Those are quite the different shoes. I would not run in those. I have the strangest dreams sometimes but half the time I can't remember what they are by the time I get up.-L

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    1. Me either...and as the day went on, this dream faded too!

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  8. I am a crazytown dreamer too! And they are normally very vivid! I had a dream the other night that my friend decided to start moving her family into our house at 5am! Haha!

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  9. For a moment, you had me worried you had seen Pennywise in your dreams! I dream I'm late to the start line all the time. Your vaca sounds wonderful.

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    1. Someone posted about Pennywise on FB yesterday too! I guess it was the day to have clowns on my mind...

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  10. I love to hear Dave's dreams in the morning. i normally don't remember mine but I think I will be dreaming about that scary clown now

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  11. Ha! I love the look of those shoes. I rarely remember my dreams!

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  12. Usually, I don't remember my dreams but I had a recurring one as a child that was so creepy, I never forgot it. Didn't even have to write it down and I still recall every detail!

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    1. Sometimes those dreams stick with us. I've had a few like that too, that I'll always remember.

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  13. What a random dream! :O I haven't remembered my dreams in a while! :[

    That clown is really creepy. :[

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  14. I have the craziest and strangest dreams, too, so your dream seems pretty par for the course for me. Love the clearish shoes - now those are crazy for running shoes!

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    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one who has weird, random dreams!

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  15. First off clowns creep me out! I don't like them, even it they are driving minivans! HA! I don't remember a lot of my dreams but I was dreaming about my hubby the other morning and he had grown his hair out and it was in a ponytail and he kept telling me about this town he was moving to- weird huh? Well I told him about it and yesterday he came home with a haircut- LOL and it was not long to start with. Dreams, who knows!

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    1. Hilarious! I saw a guy with a really long ponytail on the run this morning. He was running pretty fast!

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  16. You know you're a runner when . . . haha! Your dream is hilarious. I am thinking you should market the fishity fish!

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    1. Wouldn't that be something? Could be the next Five Fingers!

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  17. LOL!!! What a crazy dream! Glad you are having a good vaca btw!

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  18. Haha, so weird. The brain is amazing with the tricks it plays on us in our dreams, isn't it?! Hope you had a wonderful time!

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  19. Ok, that is one crazy dream!!! I rarely dream and if I do, I usually can't remember them when I wake up. The clown thing kind of freaked me out too.

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    1. Same here. But this one was so vivid, I couldn't help but remember it!

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  20. WOW! Crazy! I don't remember my dreams at all. I wish I did!

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    1. I rarely remember mine either, but that was so weird...I had to write it down!

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  21. A whole lot of random haha! I think when I go to bed I'm too tired to dream :)

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    1. That was me last night. I was exhausted--traveling and getting ready for the week. That's the downside of vacation, right?

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  22. Oh I have had some doozy dreams. Way too many to even be able to narrow down here. But I totally get you on the weird dream phenom.

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    1. It's so crazy what the mind is capable of, isnt' it?

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