Even though I have been running for a few years now, there are still times that I feel like a complete newbie. I know plenty of people have faster times, some people run more miles on a daily basis, so many people have run a full marathon and I am not sure that I ever want to run one. Usually I am ok with all of these things but sometimes all those feelings and insecurities come rushing back.
After Sunday’s fail of a run, I headed out Monday with the a goal of 4 easy miles. To that end, I headed to the nice, flat lake path to take it easy. My left leg has been a little sore off and on so I was thinking of the following splits- 13 for the warm up mile, 10-10:15 for 2-4, with a .6 mile cool down walk. I am still walking the bridge through the playground area due to construction and little children so this seemed not only doable but easy. That was the plan.
About 1/4 into my warmup, I stopped to get a rock out of my shoe. This was when I first encountered Turbo. A guy dressed all in black comes running my way moving pretty fast. No big deal, I’m warming up, nothing to feel embarrassed about right? I hit the half mile mark at about 7.5 minutes and break into a jog, then around .75 of a mile here comes Turbo again. Still warming up, still ok, but I did pick up the pace a bit. I was just finishing the first lap (around 1.2 miles) and nearing the bridge area when WTH?! Here comes Turbo again! Adding insult to injury, he was now bouncing a tennis ball on the ground and catching it, all while running. Come on! Now it was matter of pride, I mean he essentially lapped me 3 times! No walk break just keep running. He passed me again during lap 2 and twice in lap 3. I had to take a short walk break, which of course happened right as he was passing, still bouncing his ball. Starting lap 4, I noticed that he had moved on to do pull ups and chin ups- which I think he did the entire time it took me to complete that last lap. I’m not sure what made feel more self-conscious; the fact that he was so damn fast or that he had no idea I was being an insecure creeper. 😦
Since Monday turned out faster than planned, I took a rest day Tuesday. I headed back to the lake on Wednesday for another easy 4. This time it was woman I ended up
racing pacing. You know that e-card about a treadmill racing?
Yeah, it was like that. We seemed to be evenly paced, so we passed each other at the same 2 places on each lap. If we had been running the same direction around the lake, that might have been creepier actually, breathing down each others neck. Then when I was walk/ jogging my cool down, guess who was coming my way? Turbo, again all in black. I made it back to my car and was putting all my gear away when he ran by again, bouncing his trusty ball. I swear if it wasn’t a huge privacy issue and slightly stalker-y I would have tried to get a pic of him and his ball.
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