Running Community

As a life long runner,  I’ve had the  unmistakable advantage (note: sarcasm) to hear people say: “You run?, Oh, I hate running.” or “Don’t you get bored?” this is a good one; “You must like to make alot of left turns!” (referring to running around a track) and my favorite: “You have a runner’s body that’s why it is soooo easy for you!” In these instances, I never know quite what to say, because: I do love to run, it isn’t boring, I don’t mind making lots of left turns and my body shape doesn’t have anything to do with it!

Throughout my life there have always been the nay-sayers, complainers and negative comments, but in the end, I always found “my running community”.  When I was in grade school and middle school it was the track team. In high school: it was girl’s cross country and  long distance runners.  In my late teens ~ early twenties it was my college team, Go Vandy! Once I found “my community” I always had someone to pounded the pavement with 50-70 miles a week (note: I wasn’t running 50 miles+ in grade school). Needless to say, my running community has always been a big reason why I love to run.

Since becoming a Mom it has been alot harder to find a running community.  Young kids, husbands, nursing, schedules, work, naps, “free time” has made running with anyone else ~ pretty tricky.  BUT, being apart of this Eat.Blog.Run team has been a great opportunity to find a community of Moms, Bloggers and Runners. We are all at different running levels, most of us don’t even live in the same state,  but we all have running and this big relay as a common goal. I may still go running primarily on my own, but through this blog, twitter and email we’ve created a community to cheer each other on.


  1. I so know what you mean. When my kids were really little, it was hard to find the time to run, let alone the people to run with. Preschool moms aren’t known for their running habits, but surprisingly, I found my current running group through another preschool mom. Still, without the support I get through blogging, twittering and dailymile, it would be hard to keep at it as well as I do. I think that it is fantastic that these communities are being created online, and it is fun to be able to meet these people in real life. I really like what you guys are doing with the blogging group doing the relay together. You will have so much fun!

  2. I want to be Pamela when I grow up. It is a great support system we have as we all train.

  3. I am convinced I enjoy my longer runs more than the shorter ones because I my longer runs are done with friends. I started running later in life (just a short year and a half ago) and I am so lucky to have inspiring friends close by who are determined in their athletic endeavors. Our GNO’s usually consist of biking, swimming or running with a treat afterward and I love it. Now I love having an online community of women runners too!

  4. I love this post, Pamela! And I love Eat Blog Run too. Such a fabulous group of women! Go Team!

  5. Love this blog. I am learning the same thing and that although running is a sport of personal bests, it’s all about community and I absolutely love that. I have recently started running again seriously and couldn’t do it without community. I have recently started running with the east nasties here in Nashville and they are great. Thanks so much for the post, I look forward to reading more.

  6. I forever have loved running on my own. But I do love the little community we’ve forged here because it’s been so motivating and inspiring. I love learning about all of you too!

    This team also holds me accountable in my training and my end goal, and I need that too!

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