Monday, January 23, 2012

On the Run

This month marks five years that my friend Billie and I have been running together.  


Five.  


I'm not sure I can express how miraculous that is.  But it is.  Because it's running.


Billie and I were new friend back then.  Our sons were in preschool together, and were good friends (still are)...and the preschool teacher kept getting Billie and I confused for each other.  And so that's how we got introduced.  She was fairly new to tiny town too and I was desperate to make friends.  Billie is pretty quiet, and I am...less quiet, so I sorta stalked her into a McDonald's play date.  


This is Billie and I in 2009.  :)
She mentioned she was running and I thought to myself...I should do that.  It was a whim.  But sure enough, we started meeting up a few times a week at 6AM...and from there it took on a life of its own.  


We've taken short breaks...due to freezing weather, injury, boredom, and my barfing-all-the-time pregnancy with Lucy.  But we always come back to it.


I laugh when I think of all the different things we've discussed on the roads and trails.  Because you know, between running partners, what's said on the trails stays on the trails.  It's the runners code.  Or something.  It's safe to say she knows more about me than anyone (other than Ben,)


A running partner is a gift.  One that I do not take for granted.  Without her showing up at my door, or counting on me, I would absolutely not run on my own.  And the fact that we have the same pace...well that's simply divine.  And one that can put up with me at 6 in the morning for that long...priceless.  She has become one of my closest friends.  We joke about whether we run because of the physical part of it...or because it's good therapy.  


And the answer is both.  Without a doubt.



And after 5 years of running I'm happy to report that the Mizuno Wave Inspires that I have to wear because I "mildly overpronate"  FINALLY came in fun colors.   


Because really, a little gaudy makes running way more fun.


Here's to five more years of running.  At least.

6 comments:

  1. I so desperately need a running buddy! I run alone and it is boring...lucky you!

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  2. Rachael in AustraliaJanuary 23, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    This week is my first anniversary of running. I had lived the previous 38 years without ever jogging, so to actually make it a whole year is a pretty big deal. Particularly because, as you so eloquently put it, it's RUNNING!

    Congratulations on your 5 years. I hope to be like you one day!

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  3. Love it. =) I've "broke" the last two of my three running partners -- both at our half marathons. I told the girl I run with now I hope she survives!!

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  4. I think I found my running partner. Yay me!! And yay for you!

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  5. Maybe if I get some gaudy running shoes... it'll make me get out there more?! Haha. Way to go, you! 5 years! Woot!

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  6. Love this! Wish I could find a running partner like that.

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