My Unknowing Running Buddy

Save running with my peeps at Blissdom and Mom 2.0, I have never run with a buddy, even though people often talk about how awesome it is. After running with my friends at these blog conferences, I suggested to Jon that we try running together. He looked horrified. So, I still don’t have a buddy.

This hasn’t really bothered me. Ever since I started running last summer I’ve been hitting the pavement alone and I do like that I don’t have to feel self conscious about huffing and puffing or worry about coordinating schedules. Today I was looking forward to a bad ass run — heading out for my first snowy run (my fellow Shredhead buddy Bill recently Twitter bossed me into not wimping out in inclement weather).

And then I realized that I latched on to an unknowing running buddy.

At the 2.2 mile mark, I turned a corner after a long straight stretch and saw another runner well ahead of me. I was kind of psyched to see someone else out there in the crummy weather. I kept chugging along.

And then as I was going along, I started to close the gap between me and my unknowing running buddy. I realized that I was pushing my pace a bit, and my strides felt strong and I felt happy. I didn’t think I was actually going to catch up with him but I figured I would just ride his wake, as it were, because it was kind of fun to run along with a fellow bad ass crummy weather runner, even if he didn’t know we were buddies.

By the time I was about 10 paces behind him, I’m pretty sure he still didn’t know I was there. I only say this because he launched a couple of noisy snot rockets, but whatever, I was happy he was there because it was definitely making the run more interesting to me.

And then at about mile 4, I found myself wanting to surge past him. I did, we said “good morning,” and then a minute later, he peeled off onto a side street.

I finished my 4.3 miles in great spirits and at a good pace (10:33 per mile); I’m pretty sure my unknowing running buddy had something to do with it.


  1. Jacklyn /

    I’ve done that before for sure. Sometimes it’s just nice to have someone else out there with you. Also, I didn’t know you were at Blissdom! I went this year since I just started blogging for myself and for the company I work for. Wish I could’ve said hi, always love your posts :)

  2. Pamela /

    Anyone on the road always seems to help. Snot rockets and all. Gotta love it.

  3. Marie /

    One fun part of the relay is the “road kill” we get to collect. Road kill is how many people we pass along our route as a team. I’m not sure if The Relay counts these, but we will!! I only got 2 road kills last time I ran a relay, I’m slow, but it was very exhilarating.

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