Running Companions

I have almost exclusively run by myself.  The only times that I ran with someone else was when I was running a race or when one of my kids went out with me for a mile or two.

Today was different, but a welcome different.  I was going to run yesterday but when I got up and it was only 17 degrees and I had limited time I gave in to the pressure and skipped the run.  I was gone most of the day and upon returning it was too late to head out for a run.

Now, back to the reason why today was different.  I decided to head out for a run, and when I told my son about this he asked if he could go.  I said sure, knowing that it would not be a run, but more of a run/walk.  I still would not pass up this opportunity for anything.

Brady, my 7 year old son, and I headed out the door.  My intention was to run the 1.2 mile circle with him, drop him back off at home, and then hit the road for a few more miles before calling it quits.  As we started to walk on the approach to the house my cell phone rang.  It just so happened that it was a friend that I have been asking to go running with for some time.  He had seen my Facebook status change that said I needed to go for a run and he called to see if I wanted to go running.  He caught me at the perfect time.

I dropped off my son and then ran over to meet him as he was walking up the really steep hill towards the main road.  We went for a run just over 2 miles.  It was a run/walk but was mostly running.  He is used to the treadmill, and hasn't run in a couple months so we are both just starting to get back into running.  He is more of a speed runner so we both gave each other some kind of a workout.

It was a lot of fun to run with someone else just for a fun run.  Hopefully we can get out a bit more in the future.  He said he isn't a distance runner, but I am hoping one of these days I can at least get him out to do a 5k race.... and maybe even a 10k race.... now that one is probably dreaming.  :)

Tim Wilson -