Today’s Tuesdays on the run is all about inspiring others to run. MCM Mama Runs, My No Guilt Life and Marcia’s Healthy Slice host Tuesdays on the run to encourage bloggers to connect and readers to find new blogs to enjoy.
In my case, the list of people who inspire me is very long, but I’ll try to list some of them because they’re all worthy of mention. Let’s take a moment to appreciate some of them:
- Black Girls RUN! This group of ladies is amazing and several of them have become some of my closest friends. I’ve said it before and will say it again, I wouldn’t still be running if it weren’t for them. These are the women who get up to run with me at 5:15 a.m. on a weekday or at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Who answer weird questions about topics that shall not be uttered (or written about) in mixed company. Who waited for HOURS while I finished my marathon so they could jump up and down and celebrate with me. If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is.
- Team Playmakers. Another group of the nicest people you will ever meet. Because I’m not a speedster, I run with the 13-minute milers and — let me tell you — there isn’t a person who hasn’t overcome some challenges to show up week after week.
- Slow runners. Back-of-the-pack runners deserve two medals — heck, and a paid trip to the Caribbean — when finishing any race. It takes a lot of discipline to finish when you’ve been pounding the pavement for so long that most other runners have gone home and the race volunteers are packing up to leave.
- Disciplined runners. These are the runners who decide to totally change their lives one step at a time. People like Derek Mitchel who was profiled on Runner’s World magazine after unning at least one 5K per month, oh and losing almost 100 lbs. in less than a year. Seriously.
- Returning runners. Whether they were sidelined by an injury, having a baby or another life event, people who take a break from running and come back are always inspiring. These are people who have a perfect reason not to run and who know exactly what they’re getting themselves into and yet choose to start over. Sometimes from scratch after many years. Their stories give me inspiration on days when I’d rather stay home and watch Jane the Virgin episodes (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Running has this aura of being such a lonely sport. It’s just you and the road. But I am never really alone when I run because I know all of my running friends are there with me. Mostly in my head, as I replay their words or wisdom or encouragement. That’s normal, right? Right?
Who inspires you to run? Have you inspired someone to take on running? How did that go?