Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Running Partner


I run with a lot of people.  I do run by myself, but I oftentimes coerce someone into going with me- even if it means changing my pace goals, distance goals, or route.  There's something about running with someone- you are instantly bonded.

Last year (and the year before) I ran nearly every step with my friend Darcy.  If you've been reading my blog for awhile, then you might remember her name.  We ran Top of Utah together, she pushed me through a very tough trail race, cheered me up Guardsman, and saw me through miles and miles of running therapy.

Last September, just weeks before Top of Utah marathon, she moved across the valley.  It wasn't far (seriously only about 8 miles away), but couple that with a foot injury and that means that I haven't run with Darcy at all this entire calendar year.  Proximity means a lot, I have learned.

I have missed her so.

Last night I joined her for 5 blissful miles.  After taking off nearly 7 months trying to heal her injury, she's finally back and starting all over again.  We ran in perfect weather up the hills at Soldier Hollow and back down.

No matter what my "goals" may be, I would much rather skip them and spend more time with people I care about.  After all, what's more important?  A PR or friendship?

11 comments:

Amy N. said...

Nothing is as awesome as running with a beloved buddy you haven't seen in awhile! I'm glad you has such a great time!

Julia said...

love love love love loveeeeee!!!! i agree with every word. running with friends (and family!) is the best feeling in the world and a bond beyond words :)

Suz and Allan said...

Allan is the only person that I ever run with. This post makes me wish I had a running buddy here!

sNick said...

I like Darcy. I don't know her well but she's always struck me as very genuine. Those are my favorite kinds of people.

MotherRunner said...

Ohhh.... this kind of makes me feel like a jerk. I've been distancing myself from some running buddies because the pace difference is so, so much, I just feel like I'm not challenging myself. This is good perspective for me.

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

I've done a lot of solo running, but once a week, I usually have someone to run with. Makes the miles go by a lot faster, and gives you that bond that probably isn't there without having running in common. Glad you got to finally run with an old friend!

Rachelle Wardle said...

Love this and I absolutely could not agree more. Part of the reason I love running is the social aspect. I never thought I would say that but here I am 100% admitting I run for socialization. :)

Ann said...

LOVE the running partners.

Coy Martinez said...

Running friends are the best!! They see you when you're all down and also are there for you to share your biggest accomplishments! I love the reflective vests!! You night runners you!! :)

Sam and Darcy said...

Best run of the year. I need you much more in my life... Love you girl!

Samantha Winn said...

Where did you find those cool reflective things? My husband and I are looking for something just like that.