That is weird but also very frustrating and motivating for me. See, I did my first 5K almost 6 years ago. I did this race with virtually no preparation and no running history (read not a great finish time.) I ran a little bit here and there for a few years and then I really started running three years ago. I ran alot for about 2 years and got pretty fast for a 40ish, previously non-athletic type like myself. Then I was stopped in my tracks by an organ gone bad and didn't run for about 8 months. I am running again and am in the very early stages of building back my mileage and my speed. So therein lies the frustration - a 5K time that hasn't changed in 6 years! I know it was a dream and I know I had a set back. But rebuilding stinks! It's worse than building (for the first time) because you know what you used to be capable of. When you are building, you have no idea what you can do so every little improvement is amazing. You expect more when you are rebuilding and that can get frustrating.
Now I am a firm believer (as most runners are) that running holds many metaphors for life. And any dream analyst worth a dime would say that this dream has ALMOST NOTHING to do with running. So here's my quick and dirty life through the eyes of a runner dream analysis:
- Race route in a school = life is all about learning, we are students of life, etc.
- Almost missing the second loop = setbacks arise in life - deal with it, taking shortcuts doesn't pay, life requires course corrections
- The purse = easy one...baggage!!!
- Same darn finish time = it is the journey that counts, hare v. tortoise allegory
Or this dream could just be about running. Either way, it motivated me....I got up this morning and did speed work. It was hard but I made it through by thinking about what was in that purse....