There are numerous opportunities to get together with other TNT participants for the Thursday Buddy Runs. Since my schedule does not allow for joining up with the gang, I summoned my favorite running partner for my Buddy Run.
One of the great things about Ms. Garminia, is that when I am game for a little friendly competition, she is game. It is great to know that I can count on her “virtually” all the time. Garminia can be very in-your-face on these competitive runs. She likes to remind you just how far, and how much distance ahead of you she is. Because of this, I have not invited her to play for quite some time now.
Today was different. Like a caged animal that is finally let loose, I had much energy to burn. I was anxious to accelerate right from the start. Garminia did well to always keep me within her reach. She actually held onto my wrist for the entire run. This may have bothered others, but Garminia and I have that sort of a partnership. It’s me and her all the way to the finish.
So when I stopped to drink water, Garminia also stopped even though she didn’t ever need a drink. This made it easy for me to keep the lead, although I had visions of her leaving me in the dust in final mile.
When we came to the hill, towards the end of the run, she *did* catch up to me. I really had to turn on the burners in the final stretch. I couldn’t shake her, but I did manage to squeak in just ahead of her.
She is already talking about our next run. She says that if she had another mile, she would have passed me for sure. She’s probably right. The heat was starting to get to me, but I didn’t let her know that. I just smiled, enjoying the moment of victory, and said, “We’ll see about that.”
I sure do love running with my Ms. Garminia. She can join me for all my Buddy Runs.