RunLove: Connection & Community.

 

If you’re reading my blog today, you fit into one of these two categories:

 

  • You knew me before I started running.
  • You met me/started reading this blog after I started running.

See, it all started just three years ago (to this month) I fell head-over-heels for the sport of running. Before then, I was probably one of the laziest people you ever met….I complained about hiking, playing tennis, or any other active venture other than walking.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the very first post…and the subsequent posts to follow.

Yes, it is true…in three years, I went from feeling the biggest sense of pride and accomplishment for running 7-8 minutes to running my seventh full marathon in beautiful San Francisco, CA in just 10 days.

Finish line, Shamrock Marathon 2012.

Finish line, Shamrock Marathon 2012.

When I first started running, I didn’t really feel like I had a whole lot of places to go for advice. I did some Googling here and there, of course, read a few magazines…but was not nearly as connected to social media as I am now. Things like #runchat, dailymile, Facebook groups or blogs….they may have been around, but were not on my radar. At all. So, I guess you could say that the beginning of my running journey was a pretty solitary one.

From #TinkHalf meetup

From #TinkHalf meetup, 2013.

But not anymore!

Once I got serious about my running, I decided that I needed to share it with the world. Part for personal accountability (posting my workouts on twitter/FB) and part for the social aspect, it become a habit. Along with my mileage, I started sharing race reports on my blog, participating in #runchat and more. I never intended this ‘oversharing’ to amount to anything else but to record my progress…though I discovered I was doing much more than that.

In the last few years, I have been humbled, honored and incredibly flattered to see kind words from friends – of both IRL and internet variety – that mention any sort of inspiration that I might have provided to them. My friend Meg’s simple reply to a comment I posted regarding her current 5K PR literally made my heart burst with pride:

meg

 

Did I mention I love running? And runners? Because YES, if you RUN, you are a runner! I just…I just love witnessing that moment for people. And today? This post from my dear friend Stephanie:

 

Steph5K

I just…I almost cried, I was so happy to read this. Stephanie was a sweet girl I met back in 2007, when we worked at Epcot’s Imagination Pavilion. She was on her Walt Disney World College Program…so fast forward to now, she’s a busy mama, looking to be the best example she can for her adorable girls. Rock-freaking-star!!

These are the moments that define the infinite adoration I have for all things running – from lacing up, logging miles, to sharing accomplishments and just establishing that connection. So, I thought this deserved a little repeat:

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So thank YOU: for reading this, for being part of my life, for running with your heart…and for everything. It means the world to me.

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