Those of you who read my previous blog post (thank you) or who follow me on either of my 2 Instagram accounts @christinepemberton @runwithchristine – also thank you – may remember that on Wednesday, August 15th, I went for a jolly fun run with my running group, to mark India’s Independence Day.
And the camaraderie and good natured joshing that I got as the only Brit in a group marking India’s independence from Britain – all of this made me think about the nature of running friends.
So here goes.
A few random thoughts about running friends. In no particular order.
Running friends are the only people awake at 4.30 in the morning
Which means there’s always someone I can Whatsapp in the pre-dawn darkness!
Running friends never make comments about a smelly or messy car
The spare T shirt, the half-eaten banana, the bottles of water rolling around on the floor – totally normal.
Running friends are TOTALLY un-judge-y.
These are the people who regularly see me at 5.50 in the morning, still half asleep, hair uncombed, and wearing fluorescent coloured clothes.
To be fair, most of them are in the same boat 😛 but all of this is to say that there is no judgement whatsoever.
They take me as I am, looking the way I am, and I thank them all for it.
Running friends are always happy for you.
I’ve yet to meet a runner who is mean about another runner’s success, or secretly rather pleased at their failure.
Nah! It’s SO not a runner’s thing.
Seriously, everyone seems to encourage everyone else in the nicest way possible.
The cartoon (below) made me smile 🙂
Running friends are not r-e-a-l-l-y all that competitive
The thing to realise is, we’re most of us competing against ourselves, not the others in our running group.
We’re all dealing with our own fears, our own ageing bodies, our own body image, our own need for “me” time, our own need to prove something to ourselves.
Whatever it is, we all have our own goals.
I found the quote (below) online, and it is very apt.
For example, my PB (personal best) will be derisory for some of the super fast runners in my group, but that doesn’t stop the support and encouragement.
Equally, having started at absolute point zero as a runner nearly 5 years ago, I know the joys of that first kilometre, then that amazing first 5k, and the thrill of the first 10k…so yes, we can all support one another in working towards very different goals.
There’s loads of other good stuff to share about runners and running friends, but I don’t want this to get too schmalzy.
Nor do I want my running group to get too swollen-headed 😛
I have to face them all tomorrow at 5.50, half asleep, hair uncombed & in fluorescent clothing, remember!