Thanks to Laurie from Meditations in Motion, I discovered a new link up started by blogger Heather Gerwing. The last Monday of each month, Heather invites other bloggers to share their “Four Somethings”: Something Loved, Something Said, Something Learned, Something Read. If you are a blogger, you may post your Four Somethings too!
So here are mine:
Time spent with my Russian friend Anna. We met in 2002, when I stayed with her in Kursk as part of a teacher exchange visit. I stayed with her again in 2004 and 2006 but fortunately through the years, she has come to the US many times and we have stayed in touch.
Well, this month, I got to spend the weekend with her. I LOVED it!
We have had a very hot, humid rainy August. My runs have been shortened, slow and often filled with more walking than running. My confidence was dwindling and then a runner friend said to me (in FB):
You’re strong and determined. You’ll be ready for your half.
Every now and then, you need someone to booster you back up where you belong.
This same person (when another runner friend apologized for her “slow pace”) also said:
One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.
I love that and it’s so true.
I learned that you never know who you will inspire.
Back to Anna. When I visited her in Russia (2002, 2004, 2006), neither one of us were runners. Anna was very much into fashion. She only wore nice clothes and nice shoes. In fact in 2010 when she came to visit me, she got blisters from walking around NYC in those “nice” shoes so she had to borrow my sneakers. And she made me crop them out of every photo.
Then in September 2012 when she came to visit, I was running a race and she wanted to come watch.
She was very excited about the race, took lots of pictures and even a video of me running.
Fast forward to September 2016, again we met in NYC and now she is wearing running shoes!!
This is what she emailed me:
You’ll be surprised to learn I took up running as well. I think it happened largely due to my watching you run that early early morning in the park.
Definitely a proud parent moment!!
During that day in NYC, I told her about a race that I had run there the previous November.
You know where this is going. The next thing I know, she is flying back into NYC to run that same race with me. She even invites two Russian friends (one lives in Chicago and one in DC) to run the race too.
We had a blast and Anna & I even went running again together the next day.
Two years later, she has returned once more to the US and we planned to spend the day together in NYC before she returned to Russia. Her idea, not mine, was to run a race together. Unfortunately, due a thunderstorm, the race got cancelled.
I love to read. And I try to read a little each day and even more when I travel. One of favorites of the month was:
It’s basically a story of transformation and second chances, I could definitely relate. When times are at their lowest, you never know what will surprisingly turn your life around. For AJ Fikry, it was a mysterious package that arrived at his bookstore. For me, it was tennis that transformed me into an active person, introduced to a new husband, many wonderful friends and eventually to running!
Happy Running! What are your FOUR somethings? Share at least ONE.