Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sunday With Friends

Sunday morning I got up at 6am to run 7-10 miles around my neighborhood.  Originally, I was going to do this at  Bethpage State Park before meeting up with my fellow blogger friends, Emerging Runner (ER) and The Petite Pacer (TPP).  After watching a marathon of the HBO series True Detective and then reading about real creepy true detective-like cases on its message boards (yeah, I'm a nerd), I decided against it.  Good thing because it was still pitch black out at 6am.  At 6:30 the sun finally began to make its way out.  I ran my regular 7.4 mile loop with one bathroom stop at the bagel store.  I went back and forth about doing an extra 2.5-3 mile loop here or at the park.  I figured it would be cutting it close on the meet time if I stayed local so I ended the first part of my run and went home to change.  I kept my leggings on and just changed my top.  I learned my lesson last week when I was freezing in just shorts and a long sleeve tech shirt.

I arrived at the park entrance a little before 8.  I was following a small black suv that quickly pulled over on the side of the driveway.  I thought it was ER so I stopped next to him with a big dumb smile on my face thinking of how I might annoy him only to realize it was a complete stranger.  I awkwardly waved and kept going.  Once I parked, I decided I might have just enough time to squeeze in another 2.6 miles to make it an even 11.  I ran 1.8 miles north on the bike path.  I called ER to see where he was.  He was already at the parking lot.  I told him where I was and suggested he and TPP start and I'll meet them on the way back.  I saw them at my ten mile mark.  We decided to go back north for the rest of our run.

As usual, TPP took the lead.  ER was lagging a little, but not much.  Once I tried making conversation with him and saw he was having difficulty responding, I knew he was having a tough time.  I felt badly because he has some respiratory issues.  Before I knew it, we were almost at our turn around.  ER wanted to stop, but I couldn't let him.  We were just 2/10s of a mile away from our intended goal.  He was a trooper and pushed on.  We stopped briefly for a chat.  We realized it wasn't normal for ER to be struggling at such an easy pace so early on.  We think it's possible he could have some form of cold induced asthma.  He had spent most of the winter running indoors.  His lungs were not adjusting properly.

On our return, TPP and I ran ahead.  It was an easy end to an additional 5 miles (6 for them).  I was 2 miles short of my scheduled 17, but it was well worth it to spend quality time with friends.

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend." - A. Camus (Does this apply to group runs, too?)


Shalane, Deena, & Jazzy Jeff Gallowhat?




14 comments:

  1. That is an awesome quote!

    xoxo,
    http://pookasfamily.blogspot.com

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  2. I mentioned this on TPP's blog too...I love reading the 3 posts about the same runs getting all the points of view :)

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    1. It's very Rashomonic except we tend to agree.

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    2. What kind of obscure Japanese 1950's cinematic reference is that?

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    3. Thanks, Gigi! It's also fun for me to get the others' perspectives on the same experience! And yes, I agree with TPP that you should join us for a group run!

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    4. Not a fan of Kurosawa? How about King Lear then?

      Gigi, you are more than welcome to become our d'Artagnan.

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  3. I love the quote, Deena!
    Gigi.. you should come out with us soon!

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    1. Thank you, Shally. Can I call you Shally?

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  4. "Don't run too far ahead of me; I may not be able to protect you from bears and kidnappers." - E. Runner

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    1. I actually do love the quote and the spirit.
      - Jazzy

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  5. Great quote.
    That's so embarrassing when you think you know someone and don't. I do that frequently, or I'll think someone was waving at me, but really it's someone behind me. :)

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    1. Oh good, I'm glad I'm not the only one. I blame it on my poor eyesight.

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