Hump Day. And for me (during the spring/summer/fall when it's actually still light out when I get home from work) the night I head out for a 6 mile run after work. Yesterday was no different. Except when I left work it was pouring. But by the time I got home the rain had stopped. The skies were clear again and the rain had lifted the humidity - it was great running weather now! AWESOME - I thought...since for a few minutes there I thought for sure I was going to have to get my 6 miles in on the dreadmill...I mean treadmill. I quickly change into my running gear and go to grab my Ipod. EXCEPT...I left the bag that has my Ipod in it at work. So now I have a decision to make. Do I run outside with no music? (which I mentioned here that I couldn't imagine doing!) Or do I get my run in on the treadmill where I could at least watch TV? It only took me but a few seconds to make my decision - I'd much rather run outside with no music than have to run on the treadmill (yes, I hate the treadmill THAT much!!!!) So with that fairly easy decision made, I laced up my sneakers and was off...
...Not a half mile into the run, I see another runner. As we go to pass each other, he shouts out 'Up time!' and raises his hand for a high five! My first instinct was 'Weirdo!' But I raised my hand for a high five and immediately had a huge smile on my face. This has never happened to me before. Sure, you'll give a nod as you run by someone. Or a quick little wave or smile. But this guy's happiness and enthusiasm was exactly what I needed. And one of the many reasons why I love the running community. It totally made my day and I wish more people were like that -his happiness, his passion, his energy. That smile stayed on my face for a good portion of my run. I felt good. My pace was better than it had been in months (even when I got caught in a downpour with about 2 miles or so to home yet!) And I actually enjoyed running sans music....being more aware of the quietness...the sound of my feet hitting the sidewalk...the birds chirping. And I owe it all to that fellow runner. He made my day. He made my run. And for that I am thankful.
Hey ~ I'm Renée...just your ordinary, 30-something Accountant, new mommy, wife, runner, foodie, & Pinterest addict! Welcome to my newest adventure...stay awhile...look around...and keep comin' back!