I run my long runs on a paved trail near my house. Its a beautiful trail that runs along a creek and is mostly under tree cover. I see it as a treat to myself for my training during the week. I love this trail.
My trail and I have not seen each other for a few weeks, though. I was out of town, and ran my long runs on another beautiful trail, but it wasn't the same. Then "my" trail was closed due to damage from a crazy storm that passed through the area, so I had to run my long run for the week through my neighborhood. That was NOT FUN. Running 12 miles alongside traffic was not my idea of a good time.
|Running through my neighborhood sometimes |
feels like a game of Frogger. (src)
"My" trail and I were reunited this weekend, and let me just say, it felt so good. As soon as I drove into the parking lot, I knew it was going to be a good run.
One reason I love this trail is because its a great and nearby respite from the loud noise and bustle of urban living. Its beautiful, and (mostly) quiet, and its a whole lot cooler under the canopy of leaves. And although I like to call it "my" trail, I am in no way its singular user; this trail is heavily used by runners/walkers in the area, so I get to exchange Hellos, Good Mornings, and Nice job!s many times throughout my run, which is something I love.
Yesterday the pleasantry-exchange was taken to a whole new level when I actually approached a runner and struck up a conversation. Have you ever struck up a conversation with another runner while running? I usually don't, but she seemed nice, plus I also wanted to know what she was training for. She was wearing a hydration pack, so I figured she was out for a long run. She was also wearing pink Pro Compression socks, which is my favorite brand of compression socks. In fact, I was wearing my orange pair.
She passed me as I was nearing my halfway (and thus turnaround) point, and I caught up to her on my back. I tried to make my presence known that I was approaching her so I wouldn't scare her, but I did a poor job so when I asked "Are you training for something?" she practically screamed. Oops.
Once she recovered from her fright, she said she was training for the Baltimore marathon, and was 15 miles into a 20-mile training run. She was running at a nice clip and I was impressed that she looked so fresh after 15 miles. We chatted for about a mile and then I left her to finish her run in peace (she was so nice and didn't seem to mind that I totally bombed her long training run).
I really enjoyed that encounter, and may incorporate conversations with random runners on the trail as part of my marathon training. You've been warned. :)
I finished my run, stretched at my car, then headed home to my family unit. A great run on my favorite trail, a friendly conversation with a random runner, and a return to my family when I was done made for a really great day.
Have you ever struck up a conversation with another runner while running? Or has anyone struck up a conversation with you while running?
Do you have a favorite trail or route that you love to run?