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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Runsketeers at Bethpage, the long and the short of it

Humid and happy
Today's run (Bethpage trail): 4 miles

In keeping with our plan to do at least one group run every month, the Runsketeers got together this morning on the Bethpage trail. SIOR and TPP were aiming for about eight miles and I wanted to do four. I met up with the speed twins halfway through their route which worked out perfectly.

The weather was very humid this morning, but not too hot at 8:00 AM. TPP and SIOR came through the Haypath Road trail head and we began running together at that point. Our plan was to go two miles north before our turnaround, which would get us to our targeted distance. We immediately found ourselves yelling to a runner that SIOR thought she knew.

Who she'd never met in person.
Who actually lives in Atlanta.
It wasn't her.

Once the woman disappeared from our sight (I'm guessing she went in search of a restraining order) we settled into our run. I'm still at the slow end of the spectrum, but my buddies stuck with me for a while before opening up the throttle. They stopped and waited a few times for me along the way, and we were all running together when a guy passed on the opposite side and yelled, "Hey, Emerging Runner group!" It was Jonathan and his wife, who I'd met along the same trail about a year ago. We saw them later after our turnarounds.

I'm still recovering from my disc rupture, so I've been keeping my speed moderate to prevent re-aggravating my injury. Today's 4 miler was an improvement over Friday's experience. My stride is getting back to normal and my foot is no longer being mashed to the front each time I run. It feels like progress.

As tradition dictates, we headed over to Starbucks for our post-run café. I was the last to arrive and I walked in regretting that I didn't bring a change of clothing. The humidity had soaked me like a sponge.

Apparently, the guy sitting next to TPP had been giving her a hard time before I got there. SIOR was explaining the situation to me as she helped me clean up coffee I'd spilled all over the counter because I still can't open a Starbucks milk container correctly. I wasn't sure what the full situation was, so I positioned myself between the guy and the Runsketeers when I sat down. Nothing happened, but I'm still curious to know the details.

We had our usual conversation that veered from subject to subject like a pool ball. All too soon, we needed to head out to meet our day's obligations. I really had a great run today and also loved our part two. I can't wait for our June outing!

5 comments:

  1. Uh no, I told you the guy was giving the girl behind the counter a hard time. As far as j know, TPP was not working behind the counter when I arrived.

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  2. I was busy knocking my coffee over and worrying that someone was going to take my coffee cake off the counter so I may not have heard you correctly. I thought you'd said that the guy sitting next to TPP had been giving her a hard time. Come to think of it, I do remember you saying something about the guy being abusive to the woman behind the counter. I figured he'd continued his rein of terror when he sat down

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    1. If he was terrorizing TPP, I would not have stood by silently.

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    2. Yes, true. The fact that the man was not laying on the ground with an Adidas running shoe shoved halfway down his throat should have tipped me off that I was interpreting the situation incorrectly.

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  3. oh, ok.. I was beginning to worry about myself..

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