Last night I did my new and weekly run with my work friend. I like these runs because I have no expectations beyond finishing and although I run at her pace, secretly I am grateful because these are the days I just run and have fun. When it’s just me I beat myself up the entire trip. I am like a drill sargeant that makes me want to cry. Why this is I do not know but once per week I get a break from that lady and I have a great time. It’s relaxing not to feel like I’m in competition with myself and to notice the details of the waning day and the setting sun. I notice things like the shape of the sand piles on the road, the sound of the little creek that we run by 10 times. I hear birds and children and run around getting high 5’s from anyone outside because I’m having fun.
My friend is NOT having fun yet but she laughs when I do stupid shit to make her smile and take her mind off the fact that she wants to stop even if it’s just for a moment. She’s a tough cookie and stubborn like myself. She wouldn’t quit because that’s not her style. She might overdue it but not with me. I look forward to Wednesdays a lot and hope she does too. Next week is the end of our committed time. I only set a goal of four weeks so that by the end she could re-evaluate and set new goals for the next 4 weeks.
You see this is my secret way of getting running friends…motivate and inspire them until they are hooked LOL!