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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.