An encounter with the Penguin may sound like a bad Batman episode, but it is no exaggeration to how I briefly met John Bingham, the well-known slow-runner and author nicknamed The Penguin for his “waddling pace”.
As stealth-like as I could with a screaming toddler strapped in a stroller in tow, I discreetly tried to snap photos of The Penguin during his lecture on flexibility vs. stretching at the St. Pete Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon expo.
Unfortunately, the rude repeated clicking broke his speaking stride and then he snapped. “Why are you taking photos?”
“Um…because you’re The Penguin and I’ve quoted you on my blog,” I sheepishly replied.
“You blog? What’s your blog? Will you blog this?”
“Well, then let’s get a photo together!”
With that invitation, I tossed my camera to my friend, Chrissy, to capture this beautiful blogoturnity.
Thank you, Mr. Penguin, sir.
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John “The Penguin” Bingham