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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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SETTIMIA 11/20/2013 11:57PM

    THAT IS A FANTASTIC BLOG, I KNOW YOU HAVE ENCOURAGED ME SO THANK YOU!

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GARDENQE2 11/20/2013 2:55PM

    What a wonderful story...you never know what effects your words will have!
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SMART4ANDREY 11/20/2013 2:41PM

    Wow, that's was a powerful moment

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LUANN7 11/20/2013 2:20PM

    well that's a great story and inspiring to say the least. you never know who you will motivate with what your doing!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/20/2013 1:29PM

    That is totally awesome! You just never know how these brief encounters we have are going to affect another person! Awesome! HUGS

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MEMKEEPR 11/20/2013 1:17PM

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ALIALI2013 11/20/2013 1:01PM

    That is so cool! Way to go! emoticon

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QUERISTCHIUN 11/20/2013 12:06PM

    That is so cool you actually got to see first hand what a difference you made! Way to inspire!

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NHES220 11/20/2013 11:32AM

    Wow, how cool that you had a positive influence on someone and inspired them to become a runner! That should encourage your comeback to running too!


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TIGER_LILY_613 11/20/2013 10:49AM

    Wonderful emoticon

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MRSTABER 11/20/2013 10:28AM

    That is sooooo awesome! How amazing! I have goosebumps!

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BIGSISTRUCK 11/20/2013 9:53AM

    Thank you for sharing this! I loved it! emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 11/20/2013 9:33AM

    What a great story!! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing it and I hope that you talk to yourself the same way you talked to him 2 years ago. You deserve it too. emoticon

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DRPEPPIE121 11/20/2013 9:12AM

    Well that's just lovely!!! How cool! That's great that you inspired someone like that...and they remembered you...and gave you feedback! What an encouraging story!

Keep up the good work, girl! It's not easy, but YOU CAN DO IT!!! Keep us updated! :-)

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SHERYLP461 11/20/2013 9:09AM

    What a wonderful story,

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ABAKER34 11/20/2013 8:24AM

    That is awesome that you inspired somebody like that! emoticon emoticon

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