It doesn't take long to become part of the running community. Hello's are exchanged between passing runners, or maybe just a smile, or wave, or perhaps a grunt when that is all that can be mustered. When running my hill repeats a couple of weeks ago, a kind runner on her way by shouted, "Doing hills...Great job!" She certainly buoyed me up on repeat 10 of 14!
This running community is vast. It is not limited only by the borders of our city. Whenever we run a race we see this community of runners out in full force. The sea of runners, the race organizers, the amazing volunteers...These are the people that make running great. At The Around The Bay 30K when we stopped so I could stretch my very cranky, and very tired of running on a slanted road hip, another runner stopped thinking I was having electrolyte related cramping, to offer me a salt tablet. The running community is big hearted, it's inclusive, it's empowering.
A month or so after I started running I read the book Run Like A Mother: How to Get Moving-and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity, and then immediately after finishing it I turned back to the beginning and read it again.
Authors Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell have created an amazing community of "Mother Runners" on their website and Facebook page. This community is a rich source of information, there is so much wisdom and experience to be shared by runners of all skill levels and stages of experience. Even more important then the informative aspect is the camaraderie. Though we come from many situations and walks of life we share the common bond of being mothers and being runners. I can find people there who understand what it's like to orchestrate and then run a double stroller run. Getting out the door is usually the hardest part! I can find women who are juggling families, and homes, and jobs, and running, who get sheer, bone aching, tear inducing exhaustion. And if you hang out for just long enough you'll see all sorts of chatter about bodily functions and fluids, injuries, PR's, struggles, and goals. It is a place of acceptance and encouragement. I can say one thing for certain, without that community I would not have accomplished the things I have in running, and I would not have the inner sense of confidence and empowerment that it has created.
|source "Train Like a Mother"-The companion to "Run Like a Mother"|
Today I am the featured runner on the Another Mother Runner Website! I am so honoured to have had this opportunity. I am so grateful to Sarah and Dimity for all they have created, for the inspiration they are to Mother Runners around the world! You can check out my profile here.