You can generally pick out the runners in a crowd. They are usually the lean, muscular, athletic looking ones. If the looks alone didn’t tip you off, you can usually spot them by the T-shirts they love to wear. You know, the ones that boast of running various marathons and Fun Runs.
I have to admit that I’ve never have, nor probably won’t ever be mistaken for one of those athletes. I simply don’t have the look. Nope, I’m just not lean or muscular. Also, I’ve never been much of a runner. I tried it a few times in the wild days of my youth, but I couldn’t seem to figure out the point of it.
I have a secret confession though. I’ve always wanted to earn one of those shirts. Over the years, whenever I’ve brought up doing a 5K to my friends and family all I got was an eye roll at best or most likely a burst of laughter. It’s not that they were laughing at me…it’s just that I come from my lack of running honesty.
We don’t run.
So when I started hearing wonderful things about the upcoming Color Run, I got wistful. I dearly wished for a companion to do it with me. Of course, there was nothing stopping me from going alone, but where’s the fun in that? I wasn’t even planning on running. A nice stroll would do. I just wanted to know that I could do it.
Then Mimi, who is working hard to get in better shape, sent me a link to Color Run. She wanted to know if I would be interested in doing it. I was so excited. I hadn’t even mentioned it to her, and she was asking me to go with her. Of course I said yes!
Then my youngest daughter suggested that we invite our neighbor that I occasionally to on walks with. (We only sometimes go because it’s hard to get the stars aligned just right so that we are both available and it isn’t pouring rain. That’s a lot harder than you would think.)
Suddenly, I’m no longer desperately wishing for a 5K partner. I am delighted to be part of a five person team. You can start calling me an athlete now…well, maybe you should wait until after May 13th when I have the T-shirt to prove it
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