Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The choices we make

I have done some pretty stupid things in my life, and typically have done a good job of learning from my mistakes. On my run last night, I had something happen that made me feel both proud of myself and sad at the same time.

I got a late start to my run and it was almost already dark when I began. I have a 7.5 mile single loop course that is what I would call my normal running route. I usually do it at a minimum, and along the way there are several cross streets I can take to make it further or shorter depending on how I feel and what my scheduled run is for that day. As I was nearing the end of my run last night, I heard a car coming up behind me and suddenly a voice was slurring and shouting out of the window, "Roobbberrtt, you shouldn't be running, come on in and have a beer", and this little chant went on several times. I simply held up my hand as if to say hi and that I didn't hear what was being said and continued my run and never stopped. The individual who was saying this is close to my age, and this is definitely not the first time I have witnessed them in this capacity. My biggest hope for this particular person is that they do not have an alcohol problem that is beyond simply drinking too much.

When I got home, I did my half-mile cooldown walk and could not get what happened out of my head. I will have an occassional beer (probably 1 per month on average), but I never drink to the point of being wasted. When I am training hard like I am now, I always try to weigh out whether or not anything alcoholic is going to be a detriment to my next training session or to what I've already done. For whatever reason, this little incident has given me even more resolve in my training and it makes me feel very glad that I have "grown up" and don't still feel the need to party. I am also glad that my children (ages 19 and 16 and right in the thick of the "peer pressure" age) see that the choices I make are to keep a healthy lifestyle and that I don't need alcohol to help me have a good time.

Update: 05/28/08 - The person shouting out to me was NOT the driver of the vehicle, their spouse was driving. Had they been the driver, trust me, the context of my comments would have had a completely different and angry tone.


Mommymeepa said...

Was he driving drunk? UGH!! My sister was hit by a drunk driver in high school.

I don't drink. I think about it all the time. It's such empty calories and I will be able to look my kids in the eye when they are older and tell them I've had maybe 10 drinks in my lifetime and I waited until I was 21.

Thanks for the reminder.
Take care, Melissa

Faithful Soles said...

No, this person's spouse was actually driving the car and the person I am talking about was in the passenger side with the window rolled down. Sorry, I should have been more clear on that.

FLYERS26 said...

Yea.. I know what you mean. I got home today, wife & kids are away for 4 days, and instead of grabbing a beer, I went for a run.
I'll probably have one later, but sure do feel good having gone for the run. Sure would have been easy to do the other, without the wife & boys around!