The other day I ran Eloise over to my sister's house, and then ran home solo while Eloise played with Julie and the kids. This allows me to get in a few faster miles without the stroller. I was aiming for 8 miles total and I was keeping an eye on my watch to see how far I'd gone so I knew what route to take back to my house.
As I was running around a familiar loop, I looked at my Garmin and the screen had changed to the time of day. I couldn't see my mileage so I didn't know if I should take the longer route or the shorter route home. I tapped it a few times and nothing happened. It only beeped at me. I tapped it a few more times as I ran before stopping all together and tapping it more forcefully. I finally said, "Come on, Stupid," as I tapped tapped tapped and it beeped beeped beeped.
And then I heard a voice. "Do you want a running partner?" I looked up and there was a girl working in her yard - the very yard I was standing in front of yelling at my watch. I smiled and said, "Yes, I do." She said, "Really?" as if she had not expected me to say yes at all, and a conversation began. She said she had seen me running by often and that she likes to run but doesn't run during a time when any of her friends usually go, and I said I had that same problem. She said her name was Amy but everyone called her Peaches. She was/is a body builder of sorts and has won several competitions. I told her I had family who did that as well and we continued to chat for a bit longer, getting to know each other a little. I liked her right from the start.
She gave me her phone number before I continued on my way telling me to call her the next time I ran. I was pretty pumped about this. All of my runs lately have been mid-morning, usually beginning around 8:30-9:00 a.m. when Eloise starts to get sleepy, and because of this they are always alone (with a sleeping baby for company). When my mom comes to watch Eloise, I still end up running about that same time and alone. So the thought of having someone to chat with and distract from the mid-morning heat was a nice one.
The next morning I pulled out Peaches' number and smiled as I texted her. I hoped she was serious when she gave me her number because I intended to use it. She was game to join me and Eloise, so I ran a loop in my neighborhood before making my way to her house. We had a GREAT run. We talked the whole way and I did not give much thought to my tired legs, the challenge of running with a stroller uphill or the heat and humidity in which we were running. I just ran and enjoyed getting to know my new partner.
On our way back we picked up another runner named Charlotte and she joined us for a climb up a hill. My legs were seriously burning, but once again I was distracted by my pals and our conversation. Charlotte turned off into her neighborhood and then I dropped Peaches off near her house on my way home. She had gotten almost 5 miles and I was getting 6.5 total.
I'm pretty pumped to have a new running buddy. And what a funny surprise to find one while having a Garmin issue. I laughed as I thought about her offering to run with the crazy girl standing in the road yelling at her watch, but I'm so very glad she did.