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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

August 2011. I was much fitter back then. I weighed 20 lbs less than I do now. Running? That was my thing. 5 miles was a walk in the park. (This also explains why I'm a little harder on myself nowadays).

In any case, I was at the park and minding my own business. Round and round and round. By the third round (1.5 mi in) I noticed a guy walking in the opposite direction I was. We smiled politely at each other and kept going.

I ran; 5 rounds, 6 rounds, 7, 8, 9, 10. Then slowed down to a walk to cool off. He was still walking. As we walked by each other, he stopped me and said, "Excuse me. How many rounds did you do?" I told him. He said, "Wow. You didn't even break a sweat. I can just walk."

I laughed and told him it was a process. That I had to teach myself to run that far and I started running one side of the park at a time until I could run two, then three then connect them all into a full round. No one starts out running longer distances immediately. Took a year or so to get where I was and it was a lot of fighting with the voices in my head.

He said he would give it a try but seemed like he shrugged it off.

Come May 2013. I was walking somewhere to meet a friend. A car pulled over beside me. The window rolled down and a vaguely familiar face popped out. He said, "You run, don't you?" Weird question. Took me a while to register that it was the same guy from the park years before.

He excitedly told me that he started running after we chatted for all of 5 minutes that one night. He said he'd been looking for me at the park since then to show me how much he'd progressed. He said he was running rounds around the park like it was nothing now and he had me to thank.

It was an awesomely flattering and humbling conversation. I hadn't really thought about it until tonight. I was jogging at the park (only 2.25 mi today compared to before, but it's progress) and I heard someone call my name. It was him again saying he was glad to see me and hoped we could run together some time. Lol, but now I'm pretty sure he'd leave me to eat his dust.

Who knew?
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