The “what ifs” start flying way before you meet up.
What if I’m slower than she is?
What if I can’t keep up?
What if I we don’t mesh?
You know what I’m talking about. The feelings you feel when you setup a new run date. I’m not great about organized group runs…mainly because my schedule is always a big unknown but when I see the opportunity to run with someone, most of the time I jump in without thinking through all the realities of running with someone you haven’t run with before.
For example, July 3rd, when Scott’s family wanted to meet up for some carnival fun and I hadn’t gotten in my run, I asked to run to the carnival and meet them. My sister-in-law, who is getting into running in a big way, offer to run with me. I JUMPED at the chance.
CRAP…I’m not sure what her pace is.
What if I’m slower?
What if I hold her back?
It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I’ve run before. All these feels crop up.
When she got dropped off, we prepped and headed out. Almost instantly the conversation started and when I looked at my watch, 35 min has passed and we were keeping a pace that felt comfortable yet really positive. Before I knew it we were there and I realized I could’ve gone for much longer and I think she could’ve too.
After that, we instantly jumped back into our roles as moms but for a second I got to reflect on the run and realized just how perfect it was. Instantly excited at the thought of running together again and even training for some races together.
Now maybe I’m getting ahead of myself but I’m excited about all of it. She’s aiming for her first half marathon this fall and I’m excited to take the journey with her. And all because we took the chance at an opportunity to run together.
In the last post, I talked about what running means to me and this run is all of it. Maybe I’m thinking about this too deeply but I don’t know any other way to be…running is so much apart of who I am that when I can bond with someone over a run, it just gets me all warm and fuzzy.
So I’ll leave it at that right now and hope that you too find someone to bond with over a few miles!