Sharing The Run (and life) With Others
I think it is innate within the human soul that we long for connection.
Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Daily Mile, and the ever ease of creating a personal blog make sharing the facts of our individual lives effortless. With a click of a button (and character count of 140), our victories, struggles, ideas and mileage are out there for the world to see. The words are out of our head and visible on a computer screen. And others can do with it what they want.
They may read and keep quiet.
Or they may converse in a multitude of ways, adding deep thought or an element of great joy, happiness and laughter to our days.
We put ourselves out there in an effort to connect and share with others the journey.
And we are secretly disappointed when the comments don’t appear….
During face-to-face conversation, sometimes I think I share too much (I find comfort in my computer keyboard’s delete button). I imagine we all do at times: Does that person really care about what I just told him or her? Did I reveal too much? Does he or she find me as witty as I think I am?
It has happened a couple of times, where I have been introduced to someone with the added caveat, “She’s a runner. Do you run? Because if you do, she’ll talk to you a lot about running.”
Eyes wide with shock, I quickly contemplate the notion that really, I’m not afraid to talk about running. Running has transformed my life and like so many of you, I long to share the journey. And the runner’s life is a journey, isn’t it? It’s an adventure full of ups and downs, shortfalls and big moments. Consequently, the joys and despairs of running are intricately threaded through any and every facet of my ’outside of being a runner’ life.
Honestly, I’m not sure I could have a conversation about me (good or bad, big or small) without somehow connecting it to the miles, the races, the early mornings, the treadmill, my New Balance Minimus shoes, the trails, etc…
Running is who I am. And that longing for connection and ease of conversation is why I do what I do with Loving The Run.