I received this letter, effectively banning me from the Running Room just a little over a year ago. I believe if this letter hadn’t shown up in my inbox, I wouldn’t be Barefoot Neil Z and I wouldn’t have all the awesomeness in my life that has come from being Barefoot Neil Z.
Note: this is the first time i have shared this letter publicly… I have a HUGE story written in a private blog about exactly what happened, but I'll save that for another day when I am feeling especially prickly…
So, in closing, Thank you Running Room. This was one of those defining moments in my life. I realized (with the help/solid advice from many friends and family) that something like this was not the end of the world. I know what happened at the running room last winter and I know I was treated unfairly. BUT. what has come into my life since then in the form of running karma, awesome friends and a good amount of swag, had more than made up for any of the crappy feelings I had when this first happened.
It was a couple days of real grieving for me until Josh sent me this comment.
If you notice the shirt he is wearing in his profile photo, he too is a cool kid!
Oh, I went to the Running Room tonight to run with my buds. I don’t go in the store, so I just sit in the car until they are ready to leave for the run, and I join them on the way out… Ran 8k, 5 in the 5’s and 3 barefoot. (It was clear and 30f with not too much road sanding chips to run over, so I obviously kicked off the shoes). It was hill repeats and they felt SO much better than yesterdays easy 4k… it’s true you know, you just gotta get out there to find your groove again, you won’t find it in the cushions of your couch.
It IS neat…