Runners Rock

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?

Moon reflection, fall -


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.

Back roads and long runs - happyfitmama.comI 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?

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37 comments on “Runners Rock

  1. This weekend I had a truly bad run. 15 miler that I did not break up into manageable segments and I was walking in mile 11.5 – still 4.5 miles from my car. I just completed a half last weekend so I was frustrated to not even complete 13 when this runner comes up from behind and passes. He appears to be in my age category, so after a minute more of feeling sorry for myself I try and catch up. I do and ask how many he is running and he says he is in mile 16 of 20. I lope along, chatting and taking my mind off the miles for the next 1.5 where we break off. Needless to say this was just the kick in the pants I needed to complete my run. Runners rock.

  2. Go you! See–that intuitive thing works–letting your body control what it can do w/o numbers scaring you off (just my theory!). Anyhow, I’ve had runs like that where I’ve fallen into step with a stranger. There’s always an instant connection with other runners, isn’t there? I’m glad you had the company for the final stretch–and what gorgeous running routes you have!
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  3. If some guy ran up alongside me, I would have pulled out my pepper spray…you are so fearless! ha ha ha
    I am jealous of all your Fall photos. They make me want to get out and run to a place like that!
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  4. Ok, gorgeous views! It doesn’t really look like fall here just yet. And that’s just way cool too. Runners are definitely a very unique tribe. My first half marathon I ended up running for about 5 miles with a girl who had driven up from LA to run the race. It made such a difference for me, especially for my very first half. We just chatted, talked about careers, race goals. Made those miles fly by.
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  5. Great run and gorgeous pictures!!! My first thought when you said a man came up running behind you was…Oh my word that would have scared the crap out of me!! Lol!! Runners do rock…I’m reminded of that when I do races and runners just have the most amazing stories or ability to empathize and encourage!!
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  6. During my first half marathon a man struck up a conversation with me. He was used to running with a training team and he ended talking me through about 3 miles. Turned out to be record pace for me and i didn’t even feel it, the time flew by listening to him and i still give him credit for my great half finish.

  7. Awesome! Glad he wasn’t a creep;0 Yes, I have had a “runner’s rock” moment at a polar dip 5k race. I met a lady at the start of the race and we ran the entire race together chatting the entire time! She had done this race before and taken the “dip” in the cold lake, and she was giving me tips:) So nice!
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  8. Yup!!! During my marathon I had 2 particularly awesome runners root me on! 1 I would go back and forth with and every time I passed her she said come on purple (I had on a purple shirt). Another man who actually had the same time goal I did and we were both walking at mile 22 (he had hurt his knee)…so it was obvious we were not going to get anywhere close to our goal and he said “come on we can do this let’s just go 1/4 mile and see if we can keep going”. He was great! Runners Rock!
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  9. this post is so touching. runners are great people and its so funny how you might have so little in common outside of that but it doesnt really matter. I am so blessed to be part of it all. I actually struck up conversation with a runner or two in my half yesterday 🙂 its just so easy! beautiful photos… so gorgeous whereyou run.
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  10. Runners totally rock! How cool to meet someone who was training for the exact same race as you. Sounds like you had an awesome run too! I love going all out on the downhill!

  11. In the end of Sept, I did a 1/2. It was my first long distance race in over 7 months. I was nervous as I was coming off of some “life stuff” and felt I forgotten how to race! Not to mention, right before the race started I dropped my handheld with my GU INTO the porta potty! But my pacers were amazing, found me a GU and told me how strong I looked the whole time. Afterward, I teared up as I thanked them and they each gave me a big hug. I love runners!
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