This post is not about how my wife and family have to live with me on a daily basis although from the post title I could fully understand how you might make that mistake.
For those of a 2 legged exercise persuasion this little story should strike a chord.
Every amateur jogger has a running hero. It might be someone from your childhood – for me it was Eamon Coughlan – or it might be an elite from the modern era – I have a bit of respect for Ryan Hall – .
My hero changed the other day.
I was out for the 4 mile pre-work run yesterday morning and as I approached a group of ordinary looking runners I recognised one of them as being Rob Heffernan – he of 4th place in the European Championships 20k & 50k in 2010.
They hadn’t started training when I approached them but were setting up to measure a course with a trundle wheel.
As I approached I let out a ‘Hiya Rob’ – like we were down the pub every Friday night.
this is the bit I’ll tell my grandkids,
He says ‘How’s it goin’? You’re lookin’ good’ – and he should know, what with him being able to walk a marathon faster than I can run one.
Needless to say, I ran the last mile home on the balls of my feet and felt about 12 feet tall.
Life is all about living for the moment and trying not to wish all your today’s away for tomorrows that never come (I should have been the lyricist for a rock ballad band – Bryan Adams is playing as I type this in a live concert about 500m from my house which might be influencing my train of thought) and I reckon that right now is a great time to be alive –
especially if Rob Heffernan says I’m lookin’ good.