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I could say the best thing is the endorphins. Without running, I am not a happy person. And I'm sure that many who know me would agree with that statement. But is it the best thing? Nope. I could say it's the weight management, the amazing experiences of races, or the awesome running gear. I don't think they're the BEST things about running though.
Honestly, for me, it's the people. The other runners I have met in the years I have been running are the BEST thing about running. There is no way I would be half the runner I am without the friends I've made along the way. The friends I've made in training groups, the clients that have become friends. I can't even put into words how important some of these people are to me. To me, having an enormous base of friends isn't the most important thing when it comes to friendships. To me, those soul-to-soul connections between a handful of people are worth so much. I couldn't possibly mention every single person that I've met through running that holds a special place in my heart, but here are the people that I just couldn't live without...
My sister from another mister, Lynne, whom I met training for my first marathon in 2003 and is now the godmother of my children.
|Me and Lynne at the Surf City Marathon expo!|
My brother from another mother, Steve and his equally-important-to-me wife, Tish. I just can't even say enough about these two and how important they are to me.
|Me, Tish and Steve at the Rock n Roll Nashville HM|
|Smith, Vanessa and me on our last escapade|
in San Elijo Lagoon
The #goatbunnybear crew of me, Jamye, and Smitha is also on the list. These two got me through a lot of training runs leading up to and including the big dance, the PCT 50. I am forever grateful to them.
|Jamye, me and Smitha about 10 miles from the PCT 50 finish!|
My dearest Frances, who was a client that became another sister. Her strength and courage are immeasurable and the fact that she considers me a friend is humbling.
|Christmas Eve run with my dearest Frances|
My trail running friends, Jean, Vito, Mike, David and many others. Jean has become a great friend and those long runs together are more like therapy sessions for the two of us. We've gotten each other through some tough times!
|Jean and me after an especially hot Noble Canyon!|
|Crazy trail running crew!|
The ladies on my Ragnar team that are so much more than teammates. Sharing a van for 24 hours will add a new dimension to a relationship :)
|My dearest Van 1: Launa, Joanna, Cindy, Jana, me and Stephanie|
|The entire Ragnar crew!|
This blog post could easily be 400 pages long. There are so many Solemates out there, I can't possibly name every one! My friends in Maryland that I miss so much (Laura, Kelly, Tammy, Cheryl, Lisa, Kanayo and more). My friends here, that in such a short time have become life-long friends (Maria, Chris, Claudia, Cristina, Tere, Carrie and MORE). And thanks to social media, I've made many friendship through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, especially the #werunsocial crew. That's the best when we can plan meet ups at races and see each other IRL. I am so truly grateful for the opportunities running has given me in terms of my career, my lifestyle and my health. But, for me, the best thing about running is definitely the people that have been brought into my life.
Oh, and let's not forget making friends with Meb :)
|Vanessa, Alexis, me, Meb and Smitha. Just out for a run together :)|
What is your best thing about running?