Well hello, Monday!
Hope you all had a great weekend. I know I’ve been saying this a lot lately but I really love Fall. The weather has been outstanding. I know our luck is running out so I’m soaking it in and enjoying it as much as possible. How can you not enjoy views like this?
Instagram pic from Sunday’s run.
I had a nice “runners rock” moment on my long run Saturday. But first let me tell you about the before…
I wanted 11 miles so I did an out and back run that was mostly on quiet back roads. The Fall colors were amazing as I ran along the river. The crisp, dry smell of leaves surrounded me.
It was a good day for a run.
I didn’t want to have a repeat of my crazy, antsy mind like last week so I portioned up the run. My goal was first three miles to be easy, followed by five miles at or near race pace and then three miles easy for the home stretch. For the most part, I didn’t pay any attention to my Garmin. I listened for the mile marker beeps to know when to begin the new segment. For the last race pace mile, I told myself, “Just run fast.” I concentrated on my form – leaning from my ankles rather than my hips, landing on my midfoot, taking shorter strides/increasing my cadence. My breathing increased and it felt like I was working hard but not “OMG! I need to stop now!” kind of hard. When my watch beeped at the mile marker, I looked down to see 6:28 for my pace. What? I don’t think I’ve ever seen that number appear before unless I was running all out down a hill. Maybe this shorter stride thing works? 😉
As I slowed my pace down and prepared to recover on my three easy miles home, I heard footsteps coming up behind me. I turned around to see a man running behind me. We said “hello” and I figured he would just pass me by. He didn’t. He fell in alongside me and began to chatter away about running, training for the Seacoast Half (Me too! High five!) and goals for the race. It was so refreshing and unexpected to have a complete stranger come up alongside of me and strike up a conversation – all while running. We ran together for about a half mile before splitting up so he could catch up to his wife who had a 10 minute head start.
All I could think of was “Runners rock!” I mean, how often does a complete stranger come up alongside of you as you’re running and strike up a conversation? I’ve had it happen in races or a few casual sentences passing by. But nothing like this. We runners like to talk about running. A lot. I may be biased but I think runners are a unique tribe. We can come from complete opposite worlds but bond over the love of running and talk nonstop about it for hours.
So thank you, Mr. Running Man, for confirming what I already knew – Runners Rock!
I’m linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday because we all could use a little bit more marvelous today!
Have you ever had a “Runners Rock” moment?