Warm water and warm hearts

Wed, April 11
Ran 54:25 minutes after work
Distance: 4.7 miles; Average Pace: 11’34”

So I decided to run after work today since I had a lunch meeting AND I was already staying for an evening speaker. Angie said she was going to run then too so she asked me if I wanted to go together. I reluctantly agreed as she is faster than I and I didn’t want her to feel that she had to stay with me. (By the by, she is training for her first marathon (Pittsburgh May 6) and she is going to totally rock it!)

So off we went. I was freezing at first. It was sunny, but a chilly 46 degrees and a little breezy. I wore pants and a long sleeved tech shirt. By the first 1/2 mile I was wishing I would have put on the fleece or at least the hat that I had left in my locker. I was also wishing that I would have remembered to take some ibuprofen before we started as my calves were barking already. I felt like we were going even slower than normal and I felt bad for Angie. I told her to go on ahead if she needed/wanted to, but she said she was okay. We had a nice run and a nice chat, but I told her a few times to go on ahead, but she said she was fine. Now we were running over an 11 minute mile for sure and Angie is normally a 10-minute miler so I knew she was going more slowly on my account. Now I have to say that I am almost 20 years older than Ang so I am not concerned about the fact that I am slower or that she is faster. I just didn’t want her to have a bad or sub-par run because she was going more slowly to accommodate me. As we finished climbing the last hill up Belvoir and headed back to the locker room I thanked her for sticking with me and going so slowly. She said something to the effect of, “Are you kidding me?! If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t even be here!” A sweaty hug followed and my heart was filled with gratitude. It might sound like a small thing, but I was touched that Angie would sacrifice her running goal for that day in order to run with me. I started to wonder if I would do the same if the situation were reversed being little miss competitive that I am. And I honestly have to say I am not sure. As I showered after the run I was thankful for the warm water (finally) and even more thankful for the warm heart of my friend. Ang, if you are reading this, next time I expect you to run like the wind and leave me in the dust!! 🙂

One thought on “Warm water and warm hearts”

  1. Don’t worry, I ran like the wind today! And it’s true that I wouldn’t be running a marathon if you didn’t empower me to start running last year.

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