The college-aged girl slowed to a walk, then stopped along the indoor track in Alumni Arena at the University at Buffalo.
"I'm going to stretch," she told her runnng partner.
She then proceeded to talk about the wierd noises she was making while running.
"You're running hard," her friend said. "You're suppposed to be huffing and puffing."
"But then people want to talk and have conversations," the first runner said.
"They're athletes," her friend implored again. "They're used to it."
"I guess. But it's embarassing."
Ah, the conversations you can catch while getting in that early morning run.
I could sympathize with the young woman who felt she was struggling and not exactly in running conversational mode. It's not easy to run and talk at the same time -- particularly when your pace isn't the same as your running mates. Or on days when, for whatever reason, you just aren't feeling the groove.
Today was one of those days where I wanted to get the workouts in, but I knew they wouldn't be spectacular.
Then again, what counts as a spectacular workout? Is it hitting lots of fast times and good splits? Or is putting in a quality effort and focusing on what you can control that day -- be it speed work or concentrating on your form?
Today was one of those days not meant for conversation and workouts.
And so, I'll let some others do the speaking for me today.
If you're still on the fence about the new LZR swim suits which were all the rage at the Olympics this year and somewhat controversial, check out the story of Australian swimmer Felicity Galvez who couldn't use one of the new suits because of sizing issues. It nearly cost her a spot on the Aussie Olympic team.
Meanwhile out west the Tour of California is underway along with the quiet return of Floyd Landis who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France win and served a two-year ban from cycling after testing positive for a performance enchancing drug.