Mr. Competitive

I ran an easy 11 miles this morning after the rigors of yesterday, and some unexpected entertainment came my way.
I was running on an unlit trail through the park, when a runner I had not seen before came past me. Having done that, he settled in to the same pace as me, about 40 yards ahead. Two miles later, the gap was still the same. I thought at first that I was unconsciously matching his pace, but a look at the Garmin showed that I had in fact slowed slightly. As he ran under a streetlight, I saw him look back. Aha, Game On! My mid-heel strike normally makes very little noise, but with a bit of effort I made it even quieter and closed on him. Just behind him I increased the noise level again and watched him accelerate. Mr Competitive! Perhaps he was going a little above his comfortable pace just to stay in front of me. I resisted the temptation to show him how fast I can go.
Then our paths temporarily diverged. The Bay Trail has a concrete stretch which I avoid by running along a different path. He must have relaxed then, because when I rejoined he was 10 yards behind. He rose to this challenge, passing me again as I suppressed my laughter. I split off soon after that. If he starts to run this trail regularly, He’ll see me at speed soon enough.

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4 Responses to “Mr. Competitive”


  1. 2 Christi March 27, 2009 at 6:55 am

    That is funny!!! It is time for you to show him who owns this trail!!!!

  2. 3 Jim E March 27, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Not sure if I own the trail, but I’m pleased that I managed to stick to my scheduled run despite temptations to the contrary. I might never see him again, but it’s nice to imagine zipping past him at tempo or interval pace. 😉


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Race PRs

5K20:43 (LMJS 6/28/09
10K43:44
12K54:36 (Across Bay 3/21/10)
15K1:09:51 (LMJS 19/27/09)
Half1:31:28 (Kaiser 2012
Marathon 3;13:14 (CIM '11)

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