Just back from a lovely running date with Laura!
We haven't spent time together for a long while (last time would probably have been after recovering from my injury at the end of last summer) but being back on the forum and hearing people talking about her gave me the impetus to take her out for a run with me!
As I have other friends to run with these days (my mate Stevie Wonder usually comes along with me as does Mark Ronson and Bruce Springsteen often makes an appearance too ) I worried that she'd be a bit upset that I had neglected her for so long. I needn't have worried - she was the same old Laura I remembered! It was one of those catch ups with an old friend where you immediately feel as if you've never been apart. All the memories came flooding back - the relentless (and boring) pounding on the treadmill, her taking me for my first run outside and helping me to remember that I don't need to worry about what other people thought about me, the times we nearly fell out when I thought she'd forgotten to tell me to walk, when I took her on holiday with me in Week 8 and the euphoria of my graduation run all those months ago. I couldn't believe I'd forgotten what a good friend she'd been and I felt bad that we hadn't spent time together in so long.
Although I didn't follow her every word like I used to as I have my own plan to follow these days, her encouragement was so welcome (she's so positive that Laura!) and it was lovely to have her there with me. I always loved her cheesy music so enjoyed getting reacquainted with some old tunes. She even brought Julie along with her at the beginning for old times' sake!
I couldn't help the smile on my face when she said "Congratulations! That was so fantastic" towards the end of my run. Her approval has always meant a lot to me and clearly still does. She saw me right at the beginning of my running journey and I think she's proud at how far I've come. I promised her I wouldn't leave it so long next time. Perhaps we'll even make it into a weekly catch up!
When I got home and checked my stats I'd run my fastest pace for months, strangely with a lower than usual heart rate. Must have been Laura's influence - she really is wonderful, isn't she?!