…although it was my second best time for 3 miles – I’m getting closer to an 11 minute mile!
As I was running, a random woman who was driving by in a mini van stopped, opened her window and started talking to me. I assumed she was going to ask for directions, and although I wanted to be nice and helpful, I didn’t want to stop because I was timing myself. But she didn’t ask for directions. Instead she asked me something that stopped me in my tracks… well not fully stopped, I kept running in place as we talked.
She asked if I could use a running partner. She was looking for someone to run with. I said sure, that I was usually there every Tuesday and Thursday with my friend but she could join us too. She said Thursdays didn’t work, but she’d meet us on Tuesday. I was shocked! As we smiled and waved she started to drive away saying, “See you Tuesday.” Then she added, “Oh, by the way, I’m Sarah.” I told her my name, and then she drove away.
As I ran on, I replayed the scene in my head. To me, it was just so crazy because I would have never done that. Ask a complete stranger to be a running partner? Nope, I’m not that type of person. But I did go on Facebook and ask my Facebook friends if someone would run with me. Out of that, I got a running partner, who we both agree that the “free therapy” of talking is almost as important as the exercise we get from running. But if no one would have responded, I would have simply been left without a partner. So the incentive this woman took completely impressed me. And what was it about me that encouraged her to stop… was I going slow enough that she thought, “I could do that too”? Or was I going fast enough that she thought, “That’s the extra challenge that I need”? Hmmm, I’ll have to ask her on Tuesday. I’ll admit though, a huge part of me is doubting she’ll show up. But I hope she does.
But… Oh No!!!! As I’m typing this, I realized I’m chaperoning a kindergarten field trip on Tuesday. If she shows up, I won’t be there! I guess if my friend is still able to run, I’ll have her look for Sarah. But what if my friend doesn’t run either? Should I try to post a sign somewhere:Dear Sarah (random stranger from the minivan), I really do want to run with you, but I had to go on a field trip today. Sorry! I’ll be here next Tuesday. From, Becki (random running stranger)
But where would I post a sign like that… oh my. The crazy adventures of a running girl! I’ll let you know what happens.
Before I sign off for the day, I have to
brag celebrate a little. I am officially the lowest weight that I’ve been since my first pregnancy over 11 years ago! Not quite at that pre-pregnancy weight, but getting closer. But even then, I had just “lost” weight and only had it off for less than a year. But I’m determined that I’ve thrown this weight away, not lost it to be found again. So, yay me! I still have a long way to go, and God still has a lot of work to do in my heart about desiring Him more than brownies or pizza… but I’ve also come so far.