After convincing six people do the Rock n’ Roll Half-Marathon with me from the Marketing and R&D groups, I spread my search pattern to include other areas including those that had previously rejected me applying to them. In one of these cases, it was the hiring manager for the position:
Me: Hey, can I ask you something?
Hiring Manager: Sure. I’m sorry we couldn’t hire you for the IMQA position but…
Me: That’s fine.
Hiring Manager: What do you mean?
Me: I understand that there are reasons why you couldn’t hire me.
Hiring Manager: Then what did you want to talk to me about?
Me: I wanted to know if you’d run a half marathon.
Hiring Manager: I’m sorry, I can’t do that either.
Break my heart again.