This is Chiggers and she is one of my besties. We go back all the way to 1998 when it was still cool to smoke, no one had iPhones and running was what weirdos with too much time on their hands did.
My memory is notoriously bad from that period, I blame cheap student beer and/or Lemon Hooch, BUT, I think I remember meeting her in first year Business Law, in which we were arranged us alphabetically -she’s a C, and I’m a D, and because of that amazing Legal Lesbian Lawyer and her need for alphabetization, we were destined to talk to each other and hence became BFF’s. Chiggers knows all the words to “I Know Him So Well” (useful when you need a duet partner), has to have the volume on and even number in the car, and loves spray bleach, the rap to ‘Fresh Prince Of Bell Air’ and Kylie as much as me.
Recently, she started running and finished her first marathon – I’ve been dying to go run with her ever since she told me she was starting to run, and this summer, I finally got my chance. Chiggers lives just outside Liverpool, so I caught the train up while I was in the Motherland and spent the night ‘up North’. Liverpool was Europe’s capital of culture a few years back so it’s well worth the visit to check it out – we spent the afternoon in the Tate Modern at the Chagal exhibit. We are very cultured here at RunToInspire, and not all about Nike and Paleo diets.
The Liverpool Docks are amazing- to summarize their entire history- they were v important in trading and industrial revolution in the 1800′s, they were bombed in WW2, became home to Richard & Judy’s TV show in the 90′s and now host some amazing art galleries. We had fun, and I had fish & chips.
After nearly being eaten by a large spider during the night, we woke up and decided to do our first run together. I think it’s crazy that our friendship has evolved into this and we get to share our adventures in health and fitness, where as 15 years ago, we would talk about what club we were going to on Canal St, today we have discussions about pronation and chaffing. That’s friendship.
We did 4 miles along the beach of the North Sea and combined it with some Tabata Sprints on the sand, which nearly ended a beautiful relationship.
I’m obsessed with Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ installation which now lives permanently on Crosby Beach. They’re 100 cast iron moulds of the artists body each are 6’2″, which are staggered across 2miles of the coast line. As the tide comes in and out, they’re submerged or revealed -They’re erie, haunting, beautiful and thought provoking from a distance… but up close, they’re cool to dress up with seaweed.
We finished up our run at Mr Chiggers’ new shop and downed a juice before he drove us back for a fry-up back at her place. A great visit, with amazing people. I love you guys!
What’s the weirdest thing you run past?
PS Chiggers, I think we should bring this back for your wedding, no?