Today, I ran the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon Relay which was easily the funnest, best run race I’ve ever been to. I will have a big recap tomorrow but I wanted to post tonight about my awkward and hilarious encounter with ultra-running great Dean Karnazes.
So one of my teammates, Theresa, mentioned that Dean Karnazes was supposed to be at today’s race and she really wanted to meet him. We kept an en eye out for him a little before we started the relay but no luck. While Theresa was finishing up the relay (she was our anchor), the race officials started the kids’ race – featuring Dean. He was great, hanging around with the kids and the cartoon characters that they brought out. We found out he was going to be doing a meet & greet after with runners from around 3:30-5:00. Score. Theresa and I would go, since our other 2 teammates didn’t know who he was (for shame!). Trust me, all of this back story is relevant.
So T finishes the relay and we pretty much head right over to get in the meet and greet line. I’m starting to geek out big time. We got up to meet Dean and this is how it went.
Me: Hi! I’ve been watching you since the kids’ race! That looked like fun! It’s so nice to meet you finally.
DK: *laughs* You’ve been watching me? That sounds kind of stalker like *laughing hard*
Me: Oh no! That’s not what I meant. Not continuously watching! That would be like an hour. I have no idea where you went between the kids race and this event. Really!
DK: *laughing* You are so funny.
Me: I followed your run across the US. It was so amazing!
Me: I still sound like a stalker! Sorry about that! I heard a rumor that you ran today too! That’s crazy!
DK: Oh, it was just a marathon. *laughs* <——- He’s a really big hearty friendly laugher.
Me: Your’e so funny! <—– I’m psychotic
DK: You’re so cute! You’re so excited.
Me: *awkward squawk* I hear we get to take a picture with you!
*picture taken* *bibs signed* *more awkwardly hilarious chatter*
This is how my life goes…I really do use all of those exclamation points in conversation. Theresa can vouch. Really though, it was a great time. He was a super nice, friendly guy. I was really impressed.
Race recap tomorrow! 🙂