Joyous New Year!!
Sunday, January 01, 2012
I thought about reiterating my goals on this first day of the new year, but I decided to share a story of joy.
Would you believe that a salesman has been an important supporter of mine? He's only in his early 20's and he ran a half marathon in 1:11 and a full marathon, placing first in Jacksonville recently, in 2:31. Awesome. Awesome. AWESOME.
I buy my running shoes from him and ask him lots of running questions. I know he gets commission from what I buy, but I know he does not provide the level of support he gives me to all his customers. When I finished my Watermelon Series 5K races this year, he was there, looking for me, and celebrating when I finished. He runs a 5K in 14 minutes and change. I run in just about twice his time. But I know that the encouragement and respect he gives me is real.
He remembers when I came into his store in January of 2011 and said I'm 61 years old and I've never run, but I want to run in the Senior Games 5K. He patiently fitted me, gave me some training advice, and asked me to come back and tell him about my first race experience. I did. When I told him I came in third in my age group he said he wanted to hug me but it is against store policy. I told him I considered myself hugged!
Yesterday when I bought my third pair of running shoes I thought about how much his support has meant to me. Who would've thought a salesman, and one much younger than my own daughter, could be a significant supporter of a old lady who just started running? He's going to be a Komen 10K on January 14th. He'll look for me at the finish. It will mean something to me, too.
I expect 2012 to be a year filled with running and joy!