6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Friday, June 18, 2010

VICTORY

I set out on my run with no expectations. I wanted to get in about 6 miles, I have not really had a plan since Eugene, running on feel and trying to stay injury free. It was an overcast day and there were several runners on the trail. As I took the turn to the straightaway path I recognized HIM.

Lets call HIM Mr. Rude. I have seen Mr. Rude countless times running on the paved trails near my office, at times he runs with his thinner sidekick Mr. Grumpy. My first encounter with the pair was when I was heavier (230ish) and VERY out of shape. I was on the sidewalk as I slowly ran toward them, instead using runner etiquette and sharing the sidewalk then literally RAN me off the sidewalk, I was forced to the shoulder of a busy road. It was as if they didn't SEE me.

I am a KIND runner, I smile, wave and make encouraging banter. Mr. Rude never smiles, waves or shares the pavement. So when I saw him I knew what I had to do!!! Dun dun dun.

He was going about 8:20ish pace, oh I have this for sure. I knew that he would turn right less than a half mile ahead, so I started to increase the pace. Just then Speedy zoomed past, I said "Wow speedster!" This NICE runner turned and said "I am doing intervals!" Ah got it!!

Speedy left Mr. Rude in the dust, and I kicked it in to a higher gear. I was at 7:25ish pace as I passed Mr. Rude in my bright green Nike shirt. 230lbs Melanie did a VICTORY DANCE! It was a good day. Yes it may be a little childish stooping to his level, but I NEEDED this. Maybe next time this guy will realize that I am LEGIT and share the stinkin road!! I continued on a finished 6.2 miles with 8:18 pace, all in a days work for this Kind Runner ;)

  • What small Victory have you had recently that made your Day?

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26 comments:

Angela said...

HA! Love it--glad you showed him what you could do. Hope he shares the space next time.

Kim said...

I love it! Awesome job!

Marlene said...

Go LEAN & GREEN TALL RUNNER! You're not stooping to his level at all ... nothing wrong with showing him you mean business. CONGRATS on the awesome run.

Java Joggers said...

Hey, he deserved a little humble pie. BTW -- I feel that anyone out there running, fat or slim, slow, or fast, is "legit" and deserves the respect of other runners!

marathonmaiden said...

hahah awesome! both on the run and putting mr. rude in his place! i'm like you and am a really friendly runner, i wave and say hi always, and it really gets me mad when people don't return the courtesy! it's like, cmon now we're not elites here. your life isn't going to end because you wasted a breath to say hi!

labriek said...

Good for you. I am a friendly runner, waving and saying hello to everyone. An older gentleman once shook my hand and asked me to coffee while I was out jogging! (This was about the fourth time I waved.)

My recent victory was getting below 12min/mile! Whoo hoo!!

Carly said...

People do this all the time at the school I go to. They walk 2 or 3 abreast on the sidewalk and when you're walking from the opposite direction NONE of them move over. So annoying!

Denise said...

he deserved it! good for you for showing him who's boss!

Amy said...

YAY! I love it!! This is why I love running around my small town - EVERYONE says hi and waves. Running while visiting a bigger city, I feel like everyone is Mr./Mrs. Rude, and it leaves me kinda grumpy too.

P said...

I have to agree with Java Jogger - everyone out there shlumping away is "legit" in my book. I'm a waver, a smiler, a "Good Morning!"-type girl. I do love to pass people, though. :-)

Kate said...

We need more kind runners out there! I say hi or wave to everybody I see. Sometimes I'm not sure if I've already seen them or not...I say hi again, anyway! On my first century ride (only one so far) last year, I was really annoyed by how many people would zoom by me without even bothering to say hi or even "on your left". Common courtesy should be more common!

Amanda said...

I love it! I just don't get it when other runners make a point to avoid eye contact or just totally ignore me when I smile, nod or say hi to them.

Laura said...

Love it!
Our group is the same with saying hi, getting out of the way etc. and we certainly talk about the other runners who don't return the favour.

Navy Wife on a Diet said...

I'm a smiley runner. Endorphins can do that.

Great job on putting Mr. Rude in his place. He needed a lesson in the dangers of pigeon-holing people. Just because he pegged you as 'out of shape' and not worth the sidewalk, you showed him otherwise. Love it!

My recent accomplishment was 3 miles at 10min/mile pace without stopping.

Oz Runner said...

nice victory, sounds like Mr Rude deserved it!
my most recent reason to celebrate is breaking 30 min in a 5K practice run.

hey, i'm doing a salute to dads giveaway on my blog, can you link to me with high five friday? thx ( ;

Lisa said...

what an awesome feeling that must have been!! Enjoy it, you've definitely earned it. Runners (and even people just casually walking) who don't make any effort to make room for others completely annoy me! Definitely inconsiderate.

Her Name is Rio said...

That must've felt GOOD! No mercy for rude people. no mercy.

MomRunningFromCancer said...

What a jerk. Bet it felt good . . . smiles all around.

Diana said...

Great JOB Mel! Some poeple need a swift kick in the you know what!!! I can't wait to see you at the race next week!!

Alison said...

I LOVE it and I don't think it was sinking to his level. Did you force him off the path, NO. Well done that must have felt fantastic.

hundredtenpounds said...

That is SUCH a cool story! I love that you "got him back" in a positive way. I run into this problem a lot. Rude people that don't share the path. I've been almost run over by cyclists as a result and I have no problem yelling at them "Share the path!" As I run past.

Melissa Bitton said...

I cut my marathon time by an hour! The first time it was so painful and hard (5:32), second time was worse (6:02) and third time (4:33): VICTORY!

Cynthia O'H said...

I once had a Mr. Rude in my way - running in the same direction. He refused to let me get around him. Buddy, this ain't no race, we're not in the same age group or the same gender. Geesh.

Julie said...

Nice run and nice job with mr. rude!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Ha ha...love it! Way to speed by Mr. Rude! :)

funderson said...

There is nothing small about chicking. It is payback for about a million gazillion years of repression. : )