Who Are Your Running Friends?

I’ve had a lot of changes recently and not ones that I like. So it got me thinking, you have your friends and then your running/workout friends. I have my friends and most of the are also my running/workout friends but most of the time they are 2 different groups of friends.

I was reminded of this today when I saw a post of someone who said they ran by themselves. But are we ever really alone when we run? There’s a support group that is supporting you that doesn’t run every single run with you. There is a group of friends that just does not get it as well. They are the ones that usually ask the questions of why do you do this and if a marathon is how long?. I mean really?! But not everyone is into this running thing as we are, I get that. But still don’t you think that everyone knows that a marathon is 26.2 miles?!

This year has been so different for me, and even though I’m training for marathon #5 and #6, it’s still new to me. And I don’t have the the support I have taken for granted. Only a few people know of the new struggles I’m facing and most of those people are not anywhere near me. They are what I call my virtual running buddies. I’ve maybe met them for 5 minutes or spent a weekend with them, but they don’t live near me. I have a few that do and am so lucky that they share in my obsession of running. And even my friend this morning claimed to say that I’m the one that made her sign up for her first marathon. HAHA. I don’t remember signing her up and saying “hey, you’re doing this with me.” but we are such good friends that I’ll take it and glad to say that I’m glad to have her along for the ride. One of my best running friends and best friends forever lives in Missouri! That’s 800 miles from where I am!

But without these friends, virtual or not, I don’t know if I would be the runner I am today. I mean for the ones that don’t live around me to text me and ask how I am or to offer support when they have spent maybe all of 5 minutes at the finish line of a race with me. I can’t complain. I’ve made lots of good running friends through social media and they have help make me the person I am today.

Who do you credit with helping you become the person you are today, runner or not?

New Year…New Races…New Goals

New Year…New Races…New Goals must mean that it’s January!

I’ve been very lucky over the last few years to accomplish things I NEVER would have thought possible. It all started with 13.1 miles at Disney and a medal that looked like a crown. I never thought I’d make the friends I’ve made or been to the place that started it all in Greece. 2016 was an amazing year for me!

So what will 2017 bring? 2017 will bring the Chicago Marathon in October with several of my real friends that I’ve met through social media! Kristin will be running with me again in Chicago and Dani will be there too! Those are 2 that I’ve been lucky enough to meet in real life! There will also be many people who I know on social media but have yet to meet in real life and I can’t wait to meet them!

2017 will also bring another marathon yet to be announced. šŸ™‚ I promise it will be a good one!

2017 will bring many training runs with my friends here in Virginia. And man, I’ve missed that over these last 8 weeks that I’ve been “lazy” as my foot has been healing from a stress fracture.

2017 will bring a half marathon in Roanoke, Virginia in April. I can’t wait to travel for that one!

2017 will be a challenge. 2017 will bring new friends. 2017 will be amazing! And most importantly, 2017 will be an ADVENTURE!!!

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