As I turned the corner out of my street, I saw an older man running ahead of me. As I caught up to him, he started to walk - so I figured he just finished.
I said, "Hi!"
He said, "I wanted to stop to see who else was crazy enough to be up this early by choice and out running."
He said, "So, how far you going today?"
I said, "trying to do 11 on the Millennium Trail, you?"
He said, "I got 10 down... wanna run together?"
(I start to freak out. I do not know him... what if he is a murderer... you know the "normal" reaction, right?)
I said, "Okay... I run about 10 to 10:30 miles on my long days... will that slow you down?"
He said, "Nope... just right."
And off we were. Come to find out, I run by his house everyday. Bob has a cute dog named, Maggie and a beautifully manicured lawn. As we talked, I found out that he was in the Navy for 26 years and now works for a Defense Contractor in VA. He has two children... all grown up. I never got his age, but he son is 40, so at least upper 50's.
It turned out to be an amazing 7 miles. Yes, that is right, I did not get my 11 in, but I really liked the conversation. He thinks we ran 9, but Lola said a little over 7. (I did stop it each time we walked. He liked to walk a little after we ran up big hills). It was nice to have company. It was nice to feel safe (after I stopped worrying that he would hurt me). I am not at all disappointed. In fact, we made a plan to run next Saturday too (on a trail where the miles are marked - yay for me). Don't take me to jail - I am not officially training yet. Come June, you may need to take me away if I cut down my long run!
I might not talk too much next time. I think we got out all of that initial conversation. I think know we can just run... and talk when things come up... but just run. Most of you know that I have been looking for a running partner for a long time. I did not think it would be a man in his late 50's, but maybe that is just what I need. Isn't God amazing? I have been praying for someone to run with... and this morning he appeared! And I did not need that silly ole ipod!
I know a couple of you have 1/2 marathons tomorrow. I will be praying for your safety and for you to be injury free. I am in awe of all of you mothers out there that give so much to your family, your job, and even find time to make the sport of running - fun! I am blessed to get to know you a little through this bloggy world and hope one day, we will meet at the start (or finish) line!
Happy Mother's Day, ladies!!!!