My thoughts may be a bit scattered this week for Thinking Out Loud, but hopefully they come together in a way you can understand!
I’ve had a really good running week so far, not in the actual running sense, rather in the running community! The running community is unique, there are no membership cost, no official sign ups, if you want to be a part of it you can be.
I once saw on a meme “If you care if someone calls you a runner or a jogger, you are a runner!” It made me laugh but it is that simple! All you need to do is take that first step and keep on going, if you run 1 minute, 1 mile, or 100 miles you are a runner.
Sometimes I do get irritated with the running community (see Pet Peeves #1). This week though I have been reminded repeatedly why (most) runners are great people and fun to talk to!
On Monday, I had a friend I had not heard from in 10 years send me a message on FB to ask me about running his first marathon. I think he has been reading my blog or saw my post about training. By no means am I an expert but it made me feel really good that he would ask me for advice, I referred him to a few websites and gave him some tips about running his first marathon. Later in the day I called Boston Street Running to ask if they had a weekly run group, I’m looking for one after last week 😦 They currently do not but I had a really great conversation with Miguel from the store and I’m looking forward to stopping in and meeting him. We actually talked about my blog, he put a link up to the odd mileage races on the store’s website. That reminds me if you are looking for a race this weekend the first ever Baltimore 6-miler is Sunday. Looks like a great course along the water!
Tuesday I ran with some friends, I ran a bit longer, but if gave me time to think about why I started running and all the great experiences I have had with the running community. You never know where running with take you! It has taken me to the Bahamas, Philidelphia, Providence, Niagara Falls, DC, and a few other places. When you are going to a desitnation for running you meet great people who share your passion.
People always say to me, ‘you must really love running’ I joke back saying ‘on some level I must, just not consciously’. I do enjoy the health benefits of running and you can do it anywhere, anytime, with minimal equipment, and it is all about the effort you want to put in.
Today (Wednesday) I went to a new run group at the MAC but it was cancelled. I decided to run in Harbor East anyway. When I walked out of the MAC one of the Harbor security personnel commented on my shoes and we had a great conversation about running and how to get started. I do love talking to people and hopefully motivating them to start running, you never know where it will take you! Once I started running I ran into my friend who was running and we ran together for 5 miles. I enjoy running with other people even if we aren’t having a constant conversation, most of the time I enjoy the company. After running I stopped in Lululemon (of course I bought a shirt) and had a great conversation with some of the staff who I consider friends! They asked about how my training has been going and told me about some new yoga classes for athletes I should check out.
The running community is full of all sorts of people with different personalities, backgrounds, goals, and great stories! If you are on the fence about lacing up your running shoes or are worried you aren’t going to be fast enough I would encourage you to throw those cares away, get out, and log some miles alone or with someone!
You don’t have to be fast, you just have to put one foot in front of the other!
-Veggie Fueled Runner