There’s something about running with another person alongside me that makes me open up.
I feel like I can say anything to that person. Maybe it’s because we don’t have direct eye contact? Maybe because my defenses are down, there’s no second guessing my thoughts, when I’m doing something that I love?
Over the years, I have met a lot of great people through running. In all honesty, if it wasn’t for running, I probably never would have met them otherwise.
I’ve been on group runs where I’ve had deep conversations with complete strangers after only meeting 10 minutes earlier. I wouldn’t know their last name but I’d know more about their life than their best friends did.
I’ve shared hopes, dreams and laughs with a weekly running buddy for 4 months. You really get to know someone quickly when it’s zero dark thirty and there’s nothing but conversation to keep you occupied for miles. The funny thing is that I probably wouldn’t recognize her if I saw her out and about in town. We always ran together in the dark and had cold weather gear on. I’m not even sure what color her hair is!
Last week when I sat down with my running buddy, Annie, to record an episode of her podcast, I joked that maybe we should have recorded it while on a run. We have such great conversations while on our morning run.
I also recently met up with my running buddy from Boston training in 2015. It was the first time we had run together since all of our miles during that freezing cold, snowy winter. But we picked up right where we left off. The conversation flowed easily. And so did the laughter. So much laughter!
The thing about a running buddy is that it’s not just someone who runs alongside you.
It’s someone who pushes you on the days that you don’t feel like you have any oomph.
It’s someone who isn’t fazed when you suggest meeting at zero dark thirty to get in miles before every other person wakes up.
It’s someone who will lace up to run no matter the weather.
It’s someone who will also obsess and complain about the weather as much as you if the conditions aren’t ideal.
It’s someone you can talk about the joys of bathroom situations that runner’s are lucky enough to experience every now and then.
It’s someone who will sign up for a race with no questions asked.
It’s someone who motivates you to run a little faster or a little longer.
It’s someone that encourages you to dream of something that you otherwise would never allow yourself to even think about.
It’s someone who supports you through success, failures and everything in between.
A running buddy understands the need to run. They understand the feeling’s you get when you can’t run because of illness or injury.
A running buddy understands that running is so much more than just running.
To all my running buddies throughout the years, thank you. You have made me the runner I am today and the runner I hope to be someday.
Do you have a special running buddy or buddies?