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?
HIGH Five Friday will be up this afternoon!!!