A Special Run Today...
Finally after we graduated I finally got through the program, ran my first 5k and never looked back. I've been a running addict ever since. Ironically, however, at about that same time Ben had a kid and pretty much quit running. He's been back to running and off running several times over the last couple of year, but we have never once gotten a chance to run together. For a while now he has been back to running but I have been in the final stretch of marathon training so my distances have been too long for him.
Finally things came together. I'm in my taper for the Louisiana Marathon next Sunday and he is ramping up training for his first half marathon on April 21. I was scheduled to run 8 miles yesterday (1/8) but when I started my legs were about as tight as they could get so I cut the run off and only did a very slow 3.28 miles. I was very disappointed at the time that I had such a bad run, but later that day it became worth it. I got a message from Ben asking if I was planning to run today. He was scheduled to run 6 miles and that was the furthest ever for him so he wanted to know if I could come run it with him. If my run had gone as planned and I'd gotten my full 8 miles it would not have been a good idea with a marathon next weekend, but I told him since I'd only done a little over a 5k I'd be happy to meet up with him.
There now are just a handful of short runs before the Louisiana Marathon next Sunday and this was the perfect way to head into my final taper week before the race. Not only was it a great run that helped build some confidence, it was also fun and meaningful. I hope to run with Ben again many times in the future.