I told myself to turn around at mile 1.5 so I would run absolutely no longer than 3 easy (i.e. no hills, no sprints, no extra miles). Soon afterward, two bikers passed me very slowly. “Really? I’m almost running faster than that.”
Another quarter mile up, they were stopped for water. I passed them.
Then they slowly passed me. Fun game, no? Another half mile up? You guessed it, water stop. And another slow pass as they got going again.
Confession: I found myself a little irritated with this game. I found myself thinking, you have wheels, you should moving a little faster than my feet. Then I found myself feeling guilty for said thoughts.
I ran back into them (almost literally, whoa) in the neighborhood. The woman smiled and said “Well honey, you’re just running circles around us, aren’t ya?” Laughing, smiling back, I assured them I was not, and hoped they were having fun. Who was I to almost judge two people outside, enjoying themselves on a bike (at whatever pace they choose), doing what works for them?
Lesson learned: Any kind activity is important, and we should all find ways to enjoy that recommended 60 minutes* of exercise daily. Supporting our active community – being that nice and friendly rider, runner or hiker – could make a difference in someone’s attitude. So, couple-on-your-mountain-bikes, I hope your ride was just as enjoyable as my run!
What exercise do you choose to do?
*Fun Fact: The average American only gets 17 minutes of exercise per day.
Post-run lunch tested my Lemon Basil & Vegetable Salad from yesterday, with roasted chickpeas.
Confession: I’ve wanted to roast chickpeas for months. I finally did, and the crunch was worth every impatient oven minute!
Italian Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas
Pinch of: Rosemary, Thyme, Garlic Powder
1 tsp Olive Oil
1/2 cup Chickpeas (rinsed)
Heat oven to 450*, roasted for 20-30 minutes, until desired “crispness”. I’m impatient, mine were in there for 18 minutes and they were perfect.
With a side of fresh juicy summer peach, from the Farmer’s Market.
We saw walkers, bikers, stroller-pushers, tennis players, etc. Washington Park, thanks for the huge bike and walk lanes with surrounding trees & grass, I have a crush on you and I’ll be back soon. 😉 Wash Perk, thanks for the much-needed coffee & Apple Pie Larabar.