The Contender

Prompt: running | Word Count: 250 words exactly | Genre: flash fiction

May 20, 2020

Sheila grinned and put down the paper next to her empty morning coffee cup, then she pumped her fist in the air and shouted,

“Jonah, they’ve relaxed the restrictions. Running on the track will be permitted as of Friday.”

“Do we have to mask up? I find it hard to breathe with a mask on while I’m running.”

“Well, yes, of course, but I am so sick of the treadmill! I’d rather run with a mask, than jog on that machine. I’m definitely hitting the track the minute it opens.”

“I admire your dedication, Sheila, but do you really think they’ll restart track meets anytime soon? I hear schools may remain online only through the Fall or even longer. Plus a lot of sports programs are being cut in the wake of this lockdown. Why are you so optimistic?”

“First of all, sport programs are the lifeblood of many schools. They’ll find a way, even if it means not running side by side until the vaccine. Second, I want to be ready to compete the moment meets resume. Besides, running is in the blood. Some of us can’t not do it. And for my part I prefer to run outdoors.”

“I wish you luck, babe. We both know you were a shoe in for the Olympic team, so I hope they find a way to bring the games back before another four years pass. It’d be pretty hard to remain in top shape for that long.”

“I aim to try!”

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