According to Merriam Webster, a friend is:
: a person who you like and enjoy being with
: a person who helps or supports someone or something (such as a cause or charity)
So I wrote in my weekly recap about my knee twinges. And skinnyrunning called me out on it. In a nice way. That maybe it was time to rest a bit more.
That’s what running friends do — even the ones that you’ve never met — they call you out & point out when it’s time to scale back or take a break. They understand what it’s like to want to follow your plan, but point out when it might not be in your best interest.
I moved from TX (where we had lived for 17 years) to upstate NY six years ago. I’m a shy person and making friends has never been easy for me. I’ve never had a big group of friends, and that’s okay, but starting over at 50, when you don’t work and you don’t have kids, isn’t easy.
I also wasn’t a runner when I moved here. I had just begun to try, and I became more serious about it when we moved. Not to mention it was a great way to work off the stress of that move (and my dad’s brain surgery, and my cat’s short battle with lymphoma, and pretty much anything else that is stressful in my life).
Is it any wonder that most of the friends I have made since we moved are runners?
Seriously, runners may seem intimidating, but for the most part, they are the most supportive people I know. People who can literally run rings around me do nothing but encourage my running and cheer me on when I have a PR or commiserate with me when I have a bad race.
Don’t be intimidated by runners if you’re a new. And if you do have a “run”-in with an unfriendly runner, please know that they are the exception, not the norm. Try another group or meet up with other runners.
To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world. — Brandi Snyder
To all my runner friends, both virtual and in real life, thank you. You’re the best.
Don’t you think runners are the friendliest people?