The truth is, Eric has been a runner since his pre-teen years, just like me.
His mom tells the story of Eric as a 10-year-old running home from their favorite restaurant in Burlington, Wisconsin, after eating a hamburger and fries.
He found his love of running in soccer and tennis rather than track or cross country.
When I met Eric in our mid-20s, he was still an avid runner.
He moved to South Carolina to become a raft guide on the Chattooga River, and I moved there to become a white white rafting photographer.
He learned to white water kayak, and I did, too.
Often, we ran our kayaking shuttle together after kayaking Sections III or IV of the Chattooga River.
Back then, running together was easy.