The most unexpected element of running is friendship. I didn’t expect to make so many lovely and true friends simply by getting out there and running. These friendships have been and continue to be the sweetness in my life; this is particularly so when things get tough. I look forward to our runs together and breakfasts and coffees and parma nights and weekend running trips – I hold on to these things and look forward to them very much.
In the beginning this blog was all about creatively expressing my new found of love of running.
How come I never knew how great it was?
How come I thought it was the most horrible activity ever?
How come that when I really tried I fell in love with this simple heart-racing movement AND it has rejuvenated my life?
When I first started running my only running friend was my husband Pauly, I didn’t know anyone else who ran. No one!
One thing I really wanted to do by telling my story, was to encourage others to have a go. I truly do believe that if I can become a runner ANYONE can. The girl least likely to run EVER gradually transformed herself from totally unable to run to being able to run great distances.
In telling my story I have made the most wonderful friends both close by and around the world through writing and being on wordpress. These people have come to mean the world to me! This is not a flippant statement. I really mean it. I look out for their posts. I am known to send emails if I don’t see posts for a while. I get excited by successes, I send hugs and encouragement when things don’t go to plan. I often feel like I’m right beside them even if we are miles and miles and time zones apart.
This week I was truly humbled to receive a gift from fellow runner-blogger CeeJayKay.
Yep. I cried. For being an inspiration. I’m so pleased that my writing has inspired my dear friend xxx That’s all I ever wanted to do.
On my left arm it will be worn everyday. That’s EVERYDAY. It’s along side the beautiful bangle that Janette gave me after running Point to Pinnacle in 2013 – If you can dream it, you can achieve it. These are tangible reminders of friendship and encouragement.
Friendship. The most unexpected but truly delightful part of running. Like the friendship bracelet made with love by CeeJayKay our stories of running and challenge intertwine and become one. We encourage, we cry, we laugh, we celebrate, we plan, we run together.
CeeJayKay has an Etsy Shop: Le Cameleon. Please take a look.
Happy running 🙂