Thursday, August 19, 2010

Can I give you a lift?

Something happened to me today that has never happened to me before while I have been out running.  I was minding my own business in the early part of a run on a short section where I have to run along the side of a road. I heard a car approaching from behind, so I moved over well off the road to keep safe.  I waited for the car to pass, and it didn’t.  As I looked around to see where it was, the guy pulled up alongside and asked “Are you running or do you need a lift?”

At first I was a little disappointed that he had to question whether my speed was worthy of being called running, but I let that pass.  With a friendly smile I thanked him for the offer but declined. We parted with me commenting on how kind it was of him to offer, and that we’d both have a good day.

As he drove off and I plodded on I thought about what had just happened. Perhaps I had just skilfully avoided the attention of a serial killer. The more likely explanation was that the guy was just being genuinely kind and courteous, and this made me feel pretty good.

So as I pondered his question again, I realised that just by taking the time to make the offer he had already given me a lift.

There must have been something in the air as when I reached the summit of Mt Tinbeerwah (a frequent training haunt of mine) there was a young couple with their 10 month old son (Rafferty) taking in the views. No sooner had I arrived they had complimented me on running to the top and were offering me some oranges.  Given the earlier friendly experience, it didn’t even occur to me that the orange could have been laced with drugs, all part of the conspiracy to make training harder than it already is.
We sat and chatted for 15 minutes, and I was back on my way again. I found an unexpected spring in my step, as once again I had been lifted by the consideration of our fellow man. 

So next time you see someone out running give them a friendly smile and encouraging word. It will make you both feel better about yourselves.

Happy running,

Andy

“Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible” – Dalai Lama

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