Ok, get your mind out of the gutter! I'm not talking about those types of "friends with benefits", but the benefits of having friends who run. I've developed so many amazing friendships through running and it's almost like having a second family. I'm sorry - the clichés just keep coming, but it's the truth! I have so many good friends that have all spawned from conversations on the asphalt!
When I first began running, I preferred to run solo. I didn't want to burden anyone with having to slow down for my sake nor did I want to put any pressure on myself to have to run faster than desired. Hello! As runners of all levels, we all started with the "I SUCK" stage and slowly just got better and better with each and every run. Once I became a member of local running groups, such as Moms Run This Town, Savannah Striders, Team In Training, and Fleet Feet's CREW, I broke out of that self-conscious shell and ventured into facing one of my biggest fears - running with a group. What a humongous difference it has made in my self confidence, speed, strength, and morale!
Having a run crew, fit squad, or whatever you want to call it, makes you more accountable and determined. Your run friends are there for you to help push the pace when needed; be reassuring when you're not feeling up to par; and ultimately are your #1 fans and motivators. It's a symbiotic relationship that is nurtured through mutual goals of wanting to improve performance.
I am so grateful for my run friends and look forward to our training runs where anything's up for discussion whether it's our goals for upcoming races to plans we have for the weekend with family and friends.
Training for a race just wouldn't be fun without having friends alongside of you sharing in the journey!
If you look up the idiom "on-the-run", it means to constantly travel or moving from place to place. Welcome to my life! I get asked the question - "Do you ever sleep?" at least once a week. The truth is - I am always on the run. My weeks are filled with work, training runs, dropping kids off to school and extra curricular activities, traveling out-of-town for races and soccer games, theatre rehearsals, civic duties - you name it. In addition to being an avid runner, I'm a happily married wife, mother of two, an actress, singer, a Fleet Feet CREW coach, and work full time as the Marketing Manager for Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co. I love being on the run!