You never know who you help out on a daily basis. Could be someone you know, it definitely could be someone you’ve never even spoke to before.
I am fortunate enough to live in a suburb/community that caters to people who like to spend a lot of time outside. We have several lakes, a nature preserve/park, and miles upon miles of paved trails for running/biking/walking. I can literally walk 10 feet out of my front door and onto a paved running trail that can keep me occupied for hours on end. I can never go on a run without encountering tons of people outside keeping active. It always makes me smile and makes me more comfortable because I know I’m not alone, and I feel safer somehow with these people around me.
Today I had my longest solo run EVER and my second longest run of my life. I was slated to run 9 miles. I was surprisingly very excited about it. I’m finding myself more and more comfortable in my skin as a runner on a daily basis and I was excited for the new challenge to pace myself through a longer run and see how my body would handle it; given I ran a race Saturday as well. Don’t worry…that race recap is coming!
In my 90 minutes out on the road, I encountered 5 different runners (and some of them more than once) as I was out doing my loop. We all gave each other big smiles and “good mornings” as we passed. It didn’t matter if we were out there running 1/2 a mile, 9, or 20, it was just nice to see others out there who “get each other.”
I wasn’t mentally struggling this time around, but it definitely gave me a little boost of energy every encounter with another runner that I’m sure helped fuel my run and kept me mentally in a very good place. There’s just something to be said about that friendly wave or polite “hello” when you pass someone out there putting one foot in front of the other.
So thank you to all of you awesome road warriors I encounter each week. You help me more than you realize. I only hope I can do the same.
I appreciate you.
Do you have a lot of runners in your area?