Kim said something funny to me while we were running on Sunday. To paraphrase,
I read your blog because a) it sounds like you and b) you’re usually yelling at me for something in it.
Awesome! Now I can officially blame her for things. The marathon? Kim’s fault. The triathlon? Kim’s fault.
Really though, it’s nice to have someone to talk me into things. The marathon is something I wanted to do, I just needed someone to give me that extra push and to agree to drag me across the finish line. Same with the triathlon.
A lot of runners don’t stick with it because they feel alone. Personally, I love running alone, but I also love running with friends, and I’m lucky enough to have found a large group of friends to run with. Last weekend was ten miles with Jen and Kim, this weekend, I’m doing 11 miles, 7 alone and 4 with Betsy and her adorable dog Charlie (sorry, Charlie, by the time I get to you, I will be slower than normal, I fear).
But how do you find running friends? Well, you have a couple of options. You can rope your non-running friends into running (I recommend luring them with pancakes). I met Kim through an online running group, and I actually met Betsy in choir.
There are also a lot of community running groups. Check out your local running store as well. They may have runs that start out from the shop. But you’re slower than all of those people? So what? Once the weather gets cooler, a bunch of us will start running at the BWI loop (yes, a ten mile loop with airplanes overhead). It’s about 45 minutes away from me, so I do have to drive a bit, but it’s worth it. And a group of us will run “together” but that may just mean that we’re on the loop at the same time. We may not even start together, but we meet up afterwards and go grab breakfast.
So if you’re interested in running with others, start looking around. See what’s out there. And hey, if you can’t find anything, start your own group. Post flyers at the gym. Chat up others you see out running. You never know who you might meet.