Conversations with Runners I Never Meet
Every day I have conversations with runners I don’t know and who don’t know me.
These chats are in my mind with the runners I see out for their daily runs. I might be running or driving when I spot them in the neighborhood, on the trails, and at the local high school track. For me, it’s a dialogue with complete strangers.
When I see them, a whole host of questions race through my mind. I wonder if they are having a good run? What keeps them going? How did they get started? Are they fitness runners? Do they run to compete? Are they leaving an unhealthy lifestyle in the past? Or are they chasing a dream?
It takes every ounce of strength on my part to resist stopping them to ask these questions. But I don’t stop because it’s not my place to interfere with their privacy, their focus, and their purpose.
Instead, I just want to shout out to them.
Way to go!
I’m proud of you!
You’re accomplishing something special!
You’re making yourself a better person!
You’re awesome because you’re a runner!
Sometimes I don’t even see their faces, but that doesn’t matter. Because no matter which direction they are running or I am going, I admire every runner I see.
And we never exchange a word, but I look up to them and wish them well because they are runners.