Today I went for a round of disc golf with my fiance, with the condition that we would go on a short trail run at my favorite local park afterwards.
The weather is gorgeous right now. I can smell that the seasons are changing and that autumn is just around the corner. As we started down the flat, grassy trail that follows a little stream through the park, my fiance started lagging behind. Then there was this horrible sound. He was listening to music on his phone (why did he even have the phone?) without headphones. It might not bother some people, but music while running bothers me. Unless I’m going for a really long run and need some inspiration, I just don’t do it. The one thing that makes trail runs so enjoyable to me is that they are quiet,with the exception of white noise. There is no traffic nearby, it’s just me and all of the sounds of nature. I was a little annoyed that I had to hear Indie Alt Rock instead of trying to listen for deer walking around the woods or the sound of the water moving around rocks.
And then I realized that not only was my fiance listening to music during our run, this beautiful, soul-bearing 20 minutes that I was trying to share with him, he was playing tortoise and hare as well. He doesn’t have the endurance that I have, and I was running slower for him. However, every few minutes he would stop and walk. I told him I’d go ahead and turn around in about a minute so we could run when he caught his breath. Instead, half a minute later, he came sprinting up past me and stopped to walk a few yards ahead. I’m sorry to say that this happened more than once. I only ended up running a mile and then walked with him the last half mile to the car.
And what do I happen to notice on the walk home? He was checking facebook. Some people will never appreciate trail runs, I guess. Does any one else have good running faux pas stories they have been witness to?