So we have the obnoxious Gary and Sluggish Sally and I thought I'd continue the theme and introduce my personal gremlin, Sensible Sue. I have the normal little devils who tend to sit in the trees on my return route, jeering and throwing pine-cones, telling me I'm knackered, useless etc and urging me to stop. But I can usually beat them. Sensible Sue is much more subtle and she is also best friends with my husband. She is always very logical with comments like "that pain in your leg is the start of shin splints, you'll make them worse if you run today. Why not wait till tomorrow?". She likes to play on health worries, that slight sore throat is the start of flu, which will lay me low for weeks if I run and exacerbate it. She points out that I'm tired (hence weaker immune system), that I have a busy week at work and need to conserve my strength. That I need to get into work earlier and don't have time for a run early in the morning. She joins up with my husband claiming I'm overdoing it. Looking at me as if I'm mad when I pack jogging stuff for a business trip, saying it's taking up too much space. All her arguments are perfectly sensible and I find myself struggling to justify my actions. She is a thin, blonde, beautiful, mid-40ish lady - waspish, bitchy, know-it-all, perfectly under control, no passion or excitement, like a school mistress. She can take the fun out of everything, deflate my enthusiasm with one vicious - but perfectly logical - pinprick. She would have my life perfectly organized (housework is more important than running), but soooooo boring. Because I am also a pretty logical, sensible person, she has moved in with us. Any ideas on how I can get Sensible Sue to move out?
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