An Encounter with the Penguin

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?”

“Of course!”

“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

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  1. gene @boutdrz says:

    my mom got me that sticker for Christmas. yay!
    and, Mom and Dad used to live in Tampa.
    by 4 degrees of separation, i “met” the penguin, too!

    (insert Batman Penguin laughter here)

    • Run DMT says:

      Thank you! There are quite a few writer runners, like Jeff Galloway, Hal Higidon and Kathrine Switzer. I’ve followed with several of Hal Higdon’s training plans.

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