Running Poem R041

Don’t trash talk me while running –
Unless you are sure –
You can outrun me

09.01.16

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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Notes to this poem…

No matter how I’m feeling when I’m running, anybody who passes me or crosses my path and barks or chirps trash is going to get a response. In speed as well as verbally.

What brought up the idea for this poem was a guy who must have seen me get pictures and such on my “lost in Anchorage” run (see Running Poem R040). I wasn’t doing that when he passed me on the other side of the street I was on, asking “going at tourist’s pace today?”.

If he had asked something about doing a tour on foot, or a running tour or what have you, I’d have had no problem with it. Add in the pace thing? Well, now I’ve got a problem. 🙂

I picked up my speed and told him “yes”, but that the sun was setting so I need to go faster to see more. And asked him if he wanted to join me.

He just shook his head and smiled. I picked up my pace to almost racing pace for a bit more than a mile (8 minutes when I was running between 6:00 and 6:30 per mile). I swore he did, just to try and keep up for a while, but I am not sure. At one turn, I saw him behind me still, but thought he’d have been further back had he not picked up his speed cause I was actually running at a pretty tourist pace. 🙂

The R-series poems were composed while I was out running, in an effort to find time for writing in a life that is always getting busier.

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