Whoever said running is boring has not had the privilege of running with some of the great people I have. Over the years I have run with many running groups and running partners. I used to be a group leader for a marathon training program organized by a local running store. Every Sunday I would take a group out for sometimes over three hours. Also, I have trained for my own marathons and races with a select group of great people. The stories one hears, and experiences you go through on those runs create lasting memories. Throughout the years and the hundreds of miles, I have heard many great stories and shared some awesome experiences. Maybe reading the following will remind you of some stories you have heard or will encourage to get out there and share some of your own.
Some topics were quite serious and really made you think about and evaluate life:
- “I used to be so ashamed of my weight that I would walk and run only at night so no one would see me…”
- “I have had cancer removed five different times from five different areas of my body. At this point in time I am free and clear…”
- “Today is my daughter’s birthday; it has been 2 years now since she was killed…”
- “My brother and sister both died of heart attacks, and my doctor said ‘If you don’t get out and get in shape, you’ll be next’…”
Some were just hilarious and made you glad you weren’t them:
- “I had to take the stove apart and clean the burners every time we used it – she was a Nazi…”
- “I can’t believe he is going back for his hat, in the Russian Army we never went back…”
- “Now that the kids are gone, my wife and I are like teenagers again. The other day in bed she…”
- “I can’t get those kids to leave home. Maybe I should stop using lavender when I iron their clothes…”
- “The bird just came out of nowhere and attacked me, I didn’t know what hit me….”
And, of course, my favorite:
- “Now that I look back I can see the signs and ‘red flags’, but when you are in the middle of things you don’t realize you are married to a lesbian…”
I want to thank everyone who shared their story with me over the years. Some of your stories made us cry and others made us laugh, but one thing is for sure, after the run was complete, we all walked away with much more than just exercise.
Please share your stories!