Wednesday, July 28, 2010

It's a Small World After All

AM: 75 mins. (10 miles)

Today's run covered familiar territory, but it was made significantly more interesting by the presence of a new face. Scott Schilter, the national sales manager for Nuun, is in town traveling with Jordan for a few days. I picked Scott up from the airport yesterday evening and within the span of a few minutes we discovered that we knew about two dozen of the same people, as he previously worked for both Brooks and Adidas. (Those people include, but are not limited to, my buddy Rousey whom we just saw in San Diego, my former hiring manager at Brooks, the owner of RunTex in Austin, and about a dozen more current or former Brooks employees.) In fact, after further conversation we realized we'd met each other once before, and actually sat beside each other at the Gate River Run afterparty in early 2009. In case I haven't mentioned it before, the running world is absolutely tiny (or, one could argue, incestuous). At any rate, the two of us hit it off instantly and I could tell it was going to be fun having him around for a few days. How can you not like someone who gamely agrees to wake up early and go for a run despite sleeping poorly and feeling jet-lagged from west coast time?

Fortunately for me, the pace was kept quite easy and conversational. I'm feeling a bit knackered after yesterday's runs and need to chill out this morning, especially since Caitlin and I bumped our Friday morning tempo run(s) to tomorrow instead. After some time on the feet through Freedom Park and the Booty Loop, we called it a morning and headed home to shower and start the day.