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oh, are you a runner?

21 August 2007

Tuesday, August 21
8:30-8:55 a.m. run/walk
Mouse r.i.p. 9:10 a.m.
What a morning!
iPod mix:
I’m gonna find another you—john mayer
And it rained all night—Thom Yorke
Billie Jean—Michael Jackson (runrun!)
Meaning—Gavin DeGraw (boyballads=good)
Lovin Touchin Squeezin—Journey
September—Earth Wind and Fire
What would you say—DMB

Disturbing moment, jogging on Division before Cox north, past those tall bushes, there’s a man sleeping between them, head propped on a black duffle bag. And it makes me feel weird, here I am struggling to run a mile before going to work at my university job, and this man is struggling to get by at all. Sleeping outside by a highway, probably looking for some safety between some tall bushes.

Continue to run, push myself a little for the second 5 minutes, and enjoy how my legs look long and powerful in the reflection of parked cars as I pass.

Walking back to Wallace on new beautiful Calhoun sidewalk, start to freak out a tad about how many minutes 13 miles will be. 10 minute mile, 130 minutes…that’s like a long movie of running. That’s like more than a This American Life episode of running…and now I struggle to do 10 minutes? Is that possible??

Go back, ready to change my laundry into the dryer, and to my surprise someone else is doing laundry in the morning. A boy. When I’m washing underwear. Great. So I carry on awkward conversation…
“Doing some early a.m. laundry?”
“Yeah, well I had practice.”
“Oh, are you a runner?”
“I’m trying to be”
“It takes a while.”
“oh YEAH it does!” as she piles her underwear, and he reads.

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