It was like Brief Encounter but without the repressed English emotions or perhaps it was more like the song Strangers in the Night except we were not exchanging glances. In fact we resolutely kept our gazes forward.
The other night I ran with a stranger and it was a brief but extremely welcomed encounter. I was heading into the last 3k of my 10k circuit in the park. It was hot and humid and I was tiring and overheating. I was determined to finish it running not walking when quite by chance I fell into step with another runner. We were roughly the same height and build and it turned out a matching pace. So for the next 2k we ran together. Not looking at each other or acknowledging that we were but we knew we were running together. We held back if one of us got caught behind people and we sped up to avoid obstacles.