There is just something special about finding people you can run with. After the 2013 Boston Marathon, I was inspired to train for a marathon, but if felt like one of those things that was so big you couldn’t even begin, especially in the absence of the team running environment I loved in high school and college. I talked about not knowing where to start with my then boyfriend (now husband), and even though he had never ran a race farther than a 5k, rather than trying to convince me I could do it, or give some giant pep talk, he just suggested that we go for a run together. And then another, and then another, until before we knew it we were trained and running our first marathon together. And a year later, our second. And then my Boston race, where Mark met me at four different spots with snacks and dry socks, and when he saw me struggling on the Newton Hills he hopped right into the race with me for two miles, jeans and hiking boots and all (I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t the moment I knew he was the one). Mark and I aren’t currently training for any big races, but he’s still one of my favorite running partners.
Having that person, or those people, to push and support and challenge you means everything (even if you never run together!). From talking about the runs that don’t go well, or the ones you just don’t want to do, changes, to the “hey, when are we running today?” The “I think we can go faster this time” challenges. The “what do you need” offers of support for injury, solo runs, or frustrations. The “we got this”. #iwill #championthewe #uarunning @uarunning @underarmour #sponsored