I have come to the conclusion that I am a faster runner when I don’t stop.
No brainer right?
Well, a fact is a fact. Today was such a beautiful day, I went out and ran the River Valley Loop over by Fort Edmonton Park. It was humid but the sun was out and after yesterdays funnel clouds, hail and thunderstorms, I will take this kind of day! I chose this route because there are hills incorporated into the 5k, I need to keep on running them so one day hills will feel easy (FYI, it hasn’t happened yet). Hills don’t help the speed either. I am still that fatgirl who gives her all as she trudges up those hills.
Today was special though. This fatgirl became the fangirl. I was headed towards the river when what do my wondering eyes should see but Kelly Buchberger!
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that I am a big time hockey fan. It also shouldn’t surprise anyone that I can spot a hockey player at 100 paces. It also shouldn’t surprise anyone that I know every bit of stupid Oiler trivia from 1980-1994 (I defected in 1994 and became a NY Ranger Fan, now I split my allegiance. I could give you a lengthy explanation but the bottom line is Messier, MacTavish, Lowe and Kurri defected). At that time, Kelly Buchberger became the Oiler’s Captain. He was never a superstar, but her worked hard. He was the guy in the corners, in front of the net, beating the crap out of the opposing team and losing. He is now the Edmonton Oiler’s Assistant coach. The last time I saw Bucky out in public was Family Day weekend about 10 years ago in Banff. He was with the family and was pleading with his eyes for me not to approach him because his wife would kill him. The dude needed family time, not fan time. So I respected that.
Karma rewarded me today.
He ran up a hill with me and encouraged me to keep moving.
He bid me farewell and I followed him (because I was going the same way) and ran off into the distance. Sigh……
Bucky has great physique for a 46 year old. Often athletes retire and stop working out. Hello Dave Hunter! The dude ran like a gazelle leaping over things, yet it looked like he wasn’t putting any effort into it.
Obviously I thought about him the rest of my run. Who wouldn’t? I did stop to take picture because it was a newish route for me. Now that I know he runs there, I may go more frequently in hopes he brings his little head coach friend Dallas Eakins, the new coach looks like David Tennant, the 10th Doctor. That would be ANOTHER huge fan girl moment.
Meanwhile, I need to get faster so I can catch them.