I woke up this morning feeling awful. I’ve been fighting sinus/allergy gunk all week long. I knew I had an 8-mile run scheduled for today, and I couldn’t afford to miss it. I only have 5 weeks until my half marathon and my training has been lacking, to say the least.
Anyway, I set out undecided how to tackle the 8 miles in front of me. Originally, I was going to just walk all of it to cover the ground. Just before leaving the house, Nick suggested running some kind of intervals just at a much slower pace. So, I ran 2 minutes, walked 2 minutes. The run was really taxing me (I know, it sounds sad, but that’s where I am right now).
Continuing on, Lou and I ran what’s become our normal route – several little out and backs to make the 8 miles. Coming up just past the halfway mark, we cross a highway and run on that side of town. While we were waiting for the light to signal us to cross, I saw two cars facing me, pulled over on their far right side of the lane. I figured it was a small fender bender and kept running. As I approached the second car, I noticed the guy from the front car walking to the rear of the second car. I could see two people in that vehicle, and the man began pushing their car. Once I was close enough to the second car, I realized it was an elderly couple in the front seat.
Passing the second car, I asked the gentleman if he needed help pushing the car. He responded yes. So, Lou and I began helping him push the elderly couple’s car up the overpass. As we pushed, the man apologized for ruining my run and asked about my training. Coincidentally, he ran the San Diego Rock N Roll in June. We chatted for a few minutes. As we began descending, the gentleman thanked me and said it was all downhill from here, just a few more feet to the stopping point, a nearby gas station.
Lou and I turned back around and continued on our run. I took a much longer walk break, as pushing a car uphill for 1/10 mile is quite a battle on already labored lungs. Although, helping out a stranger really made my heart happy.
The remainder of our run was uneventful. We made it home and Lou was wrecked the rest of the day.