Run-of-mine adj : 1: UNGRADED, UNSORTED, CRUDE, UNREFINED: not ground or treated 2: ORDINARY, MEDIOCRE, RUN-OF-THE-MILL <run-of-mine college graduate> 3. Ore or coal as it comes from the mine without grading or sorting for size or quality

4. That last run, the one that keeps you going back for more – it’s yours and yours alone.

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Power of a High Five

Here is one of the reasons that I often like running without headphones on.  (I sometimes do bring the trusty ol' iPod, but that's a topic for another post).

So I was out for a short run this afternoon - just an easy four miles around the lake.  I was about 2/3 of the way done, and up ahead of me, just past the beach, I saw a young family walking on the path - Mom, Dad, and a little blond, curly haired, sundressed daughter who must have been about 2 and a half years old.  Super cute family, all walking, holding hands, chatting amiably.  Norman Rockwell at Lake Nokomis, if you see what I'm sayin'.

Anyhow, as I ran by them, the little girl started to get upset, kind of crying/whining (if you have ever had a 2 year old girl live at your house, you know exactly the sound I'm describing).  I was about 10 steps past them when I heard the Mom say, "Sweetie, it's okay.  Not every stranger has to give you a high five.  I'll give you one."  Dad chimes in, "Oh yeah - here's one from me too."

Of course, what am I going to do?  I turn around and trot (oh yeah, I can trot - don't snicker) back to the little girl, crouch down, and give her a high five that provoked a smile that I thought was going to crack her cheeks.  She smiled, I smiled, and the parents both said, "Oh my gosh, thank you.  That just made the rest of our walk back home so much easier, you have no idea."

To which I had to reply, "Oh, I do.  My daughter was just like that when she was small."

One little girl happy, and, let's be honest, is there a runner out there who doesn't appreciate a high five from a spectator as they are running?

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