For the past 4 or 5 years, whenever I’m home in Maine I run pretty much the same route. Sometimes I change it up; on a long day I head to Baxter Boulevard, in the summertime I love running from Kettle Cove along to Crescent Beach, winding through Rt. 77 over to Higgins, Scarborough, and Ferry Beach. But mostly, I run a 6-8 mile loop near my house, and these days I just run that same route several times a day.
So the point is, I’ve been running on this same loop for a while now. Like, 4 years. There is a very friendly, smiley woman who always walks this loop at about the same time that I run it, so we pass by each other fairly often. She’s been walking it ever since I started running it, and it’s kind of cute because in some distant way we’ve gone through 4 years of warm weather, stormy days, cold mornings, heavy traffic, and new industrial developments together. Always exchanging a smile and a wave, even from across the street. Even when I was away for a few months at college and home for just a few days, we’d always cross paths and share a smile.
Anyway, last week I finally stopped and talked to her – I wanted to tell her why I was running with a baby-less stroller and reassure her that I wasn’t a crazy person. She made me laugh by remarking that she could tell from the way I handled the stroller that there definitely wasn’t any baby inside! I shared what I was doing with her and we talked a little bit and then we both went on our ways.
Today, I ran into her again and she stopped me and asked if I could add her to the list of sponsors. So we talked a little more and I gave her an extra flyer that I had in the stroller and told her to check out the blog etc. And I ran away all happy and excited until I realized that I did not even get her name or anything! I’m telling myself that I was just in my running zen zone but really I feel like an idiot! So; friendly lady that I pass by every morning, I hope that you get a chance to read this and I’m very sorry for not even getting your name! It always takes a couple minutes to transition from the rundreaming world into the real world. But I’m sure I will see you out on the loop again soon : )
And in any case I’ve been wanting to share that story for a while because I think it’s really sweet, that sort of early-morning-exercise camaraderie that you develop with people who you pass by all the time, even if you don’t even know them.