There's a woman who sometimes trains on the same trails I use. I've watched her running in the mornings and totally admired her more than once. Because she has A Body.
She's tiny, but she is built. Very muscular and athletic, and the way she runs is truly beautiful. She's always friendly as she runs by me, yelling "Hello! What are you training for?"
I don't think she's ever heard my answer, because by the time I snap out of my trance to realize she's talking to me, she's already gone. Mercifully she probably has never heard me say, " I, uh, sudfknsdajkgh;i jhfioumdcfnj hjdaghg8w." Good answer. Brilliant.
About 2 weeks ago I saw her in an interview on TV. They were talking to her as the front runner to actually win the Denver Marathon. I said Win The Marathon.
So naturally, I've been watching for her on my morning runs. This morning? Success.
My running partner, Kami and I were out gingerly testing our bodies after our respective marathons over the last couple of weeks, when we looked up and saw Alexa (learned her name from the interview) coming toward us.
So I yelled - "ALEXA! How did the marathon go?!" At which point she turned around and began to run in the same direction we were going. She wanted to talk. Wow! right?
Let me just say, that professional runners and amateur runners do NOT run the same pace.
I'm sure she slowed way down for us. I'm also sure we sped way up for her. I'm very very sure of that last thing.
She ran with us the better part of 3 miles, during which she never stopped talking. Which was probably a good thing, because Kami and I were both sucking wind and couldn't have actually, you know, carried on a conversation.
We (and I use the term loosely) covered topics like how Kami and I could both use some help with our running form. She showed us a different way to run. Which is a lot harder.
We (see above) also talked about that extra weight that Kami and I were obviously trying to lose, and what we should do about it. I was listening intently, but seriously, if Kami lost 5 pounds, she would blow away in the wind. But Alexa kept saying "both of you".
"Both of us" also shouldn't wear so many clothes to run (it was 38 degrees!) and "both of us" needed to start a weightlifting program so we wouldn't hunch our shoulders.
Oh yes, and "both of us" needed to use more energy - you know - just explode. The lack of energy thing? That's all in "both of our" heads.
By the time we got back to our cars - well, Kami and my cars - Alexa was just going to run home, "both of us" had about Enough Of Alexa.
There's a fine line between friendly adviser and annoying know-it-all. I'm pretty sure we were darn close to it today.