“You sure have a unique stride there,” he says, gliding to a stop beside me on the path, sitting low-to-the ground on his three-wheel, aerodynamic bike. “It’s neat though, real neat,” he adds quickly.“Yeah, it’s not the most efficient,” I agree, tucking a sweaty strand behind my ear and resting my hands on my knees to catch my breath as we wait for the traffic to pass. “But it gets me where I need to go.”
The cyclist was right. In fact, calling my stride “unique” is kind. The truth is, I don’t run with gazelle-like grace. I galumph, awkward and jaunty, more like a wildebeest in a tank top and Nikes.
Instead of kicking straight up and back, my feet swing out to either side in wide arcs. I nick my ankles so frequently with my own sneakers they often bleed, sometimes right through my socks.
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