Today it happened again. I was on the trail with Boo and had stopped to clean up his waste and a gentleman I have passed many times on this very trail came running by and stopped. He said, “Hi, I see you running EVERYWHERE.” I chuckled, a bit embarrassed, and said, “Yes, I love to run and I run a lot.”
We then chatted for a few minutes, him asking me how many miles I run on average, talking about all the places in the three local towns he has seen me running. I answered his questions about how much I run, what race distance is my favorite (marathon) and about triathlon.
It was a pleasant conversation. The reason I am blogging about this is because this happens often. I run into someone uptown or at the school, on the trail or on a street corner, you name it. Its usually a similar conversation where the person has seen me running around locally and they want to know how much I run. Its fun. I enjoy this as its a great opportunity to show people how much fun you can have running, your body in motion, simplistic exercise.
Running gave me freedom from my old body and my old self esteem issues. It has also given me a voice to share with others how fun it is and that it doesn’t have to feel like a chore. You never know who you may be inspiring when you get out there and move and strive for fitness. These encounters inspire me to work harder, to never cut corners, and to enjoy the opportunities I get to live an active lifestyle.