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.