First things first,
I run a lot. More than some, less than others, but I run. On a day to day basis I often find myself surrounded by people who don’t run which is okay, it’s just that they don’t often understand or ‘get’ me.
This morning I ran 5 miles in very humid weather. It was hard and I didn’t enjoy a lot of it but as I was finishing and shortly thereafter there were three reasons that I feel so blessed to be a part of this running community.
As I was nearing the end of my 5th mile I came across a neighbor that I saw a lot in the winter but haven’t see much lately. I noticed he was hanging out at the mailbox a bit longer than one normally would so I slowed down as I approached him. He said hello and asked if I was okay. “I’m fine”, I said. And then he said, “I’m so glad. I haven’t seen you in a quite a while and I just wanted to make sure you weren’t hurt or ill and that you were still running. We all look forward to seeing your smiling face every morning.”
It was one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me so I said thank you and then made a little small talk before continuing on but I couldn’t help but think how much I appreciate the support of my neighbors and friends. They may not be runners but they appreciate that I am and they look out for me.
I finished running and as I rounded the corner to enter my driveway I saw MacGyver loading some things into his truck. At first I was hesitant to say anything because the day before I had suffered all day with a bad migraine and I was afraid he would tell me I shouldn’t have been running but I said hi and immediately he said, “How was your run?” I told him it was good and he said, “That’s good honey, I know it helps you clear your head and I hope it keeps you stress free and migraine free today.”
It was just what I needed to hear. MacGyver doesn’t run but he knows how much I love it and how much it relieves my stress and he encourages me and I love that.
After a quick shower I sat down at the kitchen table to start work. I opened up my emails to find an email from my friend Tina Muir. Tina is an elite runner and she runs for the Saucony Hurricanes. She also does a podcast for runner’s connect and she has a wonderful blog and if that isn’t enough to keep her busy she recently got married.
I read Tina’s blog and recently left a comment on a post she wrote about running being comparable to wii golf, (a great post that I totally related to) and she took the time to send me a personal email to say hi and let me know what’s been going on. This is one of the reasons that I adore her.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you probably already know that I highly recommend Tina’s blog but I also wanted to let you know about her podcast because it’s also great. She recently had a podcast with Janae of Hungry Runner Girl which somewhat relates to the message in this post about why community is valuable to your performance. I highly recommend it.
One of the things that drew me to Tina in the first place is the fact that she truly wants you to be a better runner and she wants to help you and she’s an elite runner with a boat load of info to share. If you are serious about running at all, give her podcast a listen.
I got off the subject a little but the third reason I love the running community are the friends like Tina that I’ve met along the way.
Now it’s your turn, all you runners out there, tell me what you love about running.