It made me chuckle since, to many runners, running A.) 4 miles isn't much, B.) 4 miles in 38 minutes isn't fast, and C.) without taking break is kinda expected. But, that's why, as I walked out to my car, his comment felt meaningful.
It's so easy, as a runner, to look at what everyone else is doing not appreciate what I am capable of. Running 4 miles in 38 minutes is not impressive to some, but to others? It is.
So, inadvertently, his flattering comment helped me pause and be grateful for being in such good health that I can run, every day, and not think of it as anything particularly remarkable. That's a luxury.