11:21 am – It read, “Hey, I have to run 5 miles today! If you leave now, you can run with me. I have to go at 1:00. It’s a beautiful day.”
Crazily, the normal excuses didn’t enter my mind, and the 70 mile one way trip didn’t deter me.
What I instantly thought about was Kristin Armstrong’s Milemarkers blog that I had read two nights earlier while drifting off to the sleep. It read,
“Think about your closest friends, your most beloved people, your treasures. Then think about the connections in your life. Are you starving, constantly snacking, but not making the time for a real meal? Let’s get off the phone and put the screens away. Let’s lace up and share some miles. Let’s send a handwritten note to a cherished person out of town…or in town. Do you remember your handwriting? I bet she would love to see it again. Life is too sweet and too short to express our affection with just our thumbs. Touch is meant for more than a keyboard. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but that doesn’t negate their power, their relevance, or our deep need. Satisfying connection, the real deal meal, takes time. We might argue that we just don’t have any. But that argument is full of holes, and our precious time is leaking out of all of them.”
-Kristin Armstrong, MileMarkers, Runners World
I was already in my running clothes, my day was quite open and I’d be able to do some business on the road.
She was right….it was a beautiful fall day.
11:33 am – My response: “I’ll see in you at 1:00. Leaving in 15. xo”
To which I got the quick reply, “Seriously? OMG! I love you. I’m struggling to get out there.”
I made a smoothie, filled my water bottle, grabbed my yellow flower and hit the road… with full appreciation of the sunshine in the sky and the joy in my heart.
I was greeted with hug, a smile and 5 miles of kick ass conversation. It was a much needed catch up… and 5 miles wasn’t nearly enough. There’s nothing better than pounding the pavement to instantly reconnect. Not to mention that the view on our route was of Lake Superior and the vibrant changing colors that surround it. Stunning.
140 miles round trip for 5 miles. Putting gas in my tank was a small price to pay for what I got in return. True FaceTime. The best kind.
Thank you Julie for the text. My heart is full and my yellow flower had a spectacular afternoon. XO
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