Friday, November 21, 2014

Runners Tell All: #1 Running Fan

Linking up with Amanda & Beka for the second-to-last Runners Tell All link-up to share a little bit about my #1 Running Fan.

Which would be lovely if I felt like I had a #1 Running Fan. Other than myself of course. You could probably save the hassle of reading this post if you’ve already read Kate’s – we’re pretty much in the same boat. I never felt like a “real” runner when I started (and sometimes still), so I just never forced running onto others. I was just like, okay, I’m going to run and that’s that.

Most of my races have been solo. It’s not that I don’t have supportive people in my life but none of them are runners, so the idea of them standing out in the weather for 30 minutes to 6 hours (hi non-marathon!) just to cheer me on for 30 seconds seemed kind of selfish. I mean, honestly, I’m not breaking any records here.

My husband is probably the most constant (because he has to deal with hearing about running way more than any non-runner should) and my best friend, Emilie, a very close second. She’s actually done a few 5ks with me.

5k Finishers!

And I guess my daughter. But to be fair, she thinks she’s the fastest human in the world right now so my running is pretty slow motion for her. Unless there is a park available near the start line, she’s not around to cheer me on. She does know when my Mizuno’s are on though, it’s about to go down. Which makes me pretty proud.

Houston Half Jan 2013

Both Alfred & Emilie have been amazing while I’ve ventured into this world of running but the people that get it, the people that are there when I need a mental boost and understand – are you guys. Abbey, Kate, Amanda, Katie, and Amanda are people who I could chat with about running & fitness all days if I could. The blogging community has been monumental in what I’ve accomplished and in what I hope to accomplish in this upcoming year. I don’t know if these people I’ve mentioned are actual “fans” but they’re certainly people who support the hell out of me & I love them for it.

6 comments:

Micah said...

Looks like you have some pretty solid fans to me. :)

Deb Runs said...

My #1 fan never saw me race, but always wanted to know how I'd done in my races. He wasn't a runner, but was a former athlete, so he liked to hear the details about the race. I bet your non-runner friends are more interested in how you do in your races than you realize. They might not be interested in the play-by-play details of the race, but they would like to know that you had a fun time!

The Lady Okie said...

I love how everyone is linking to online running friends. ALL THE EMOTIONS. Seriously, these posts are making me all teary. Good grief. Also, we are totally meeting up in a few months! Woah. Then I can be an in-real-life running fan, because after I'm done I am so going to run back and find you and cheer for you. Oh yes.

Miss Nutralicious said...

I think that a fan and a supporter are the same thing. My family supports my decision to run (even though they regularly question my sanity), so I call them my fans. Then again, maybe I'm just really vain and THINK that they are my fans. Who know?

Either way, you can count me as a fan! I love reading about your running adventures, and I'm always happy when someone works hard to accomplish their goals!

Kate said...

Hey, that's me! :D

I'm always going to be so proud of you and your running. You went from nothing (said nicely, because.. I did too) to a freakin bad ass, rockstar runner extraordinaire.

You'll always have a fan here.

Kate said...

Hey, that's me! :D

I'm always going to be so proud of you and your running. You went from nothing (said nicely, because.. I did too) to a freakin bad ass, rockstar runner extraordinaire.

You'll always have a fan here.