Last week when I was visiting family in Ohio, I sought out a local track workout so that I could keep my speed session up to par while away. I could have run it on my own, but it was more fun to run it with others.
As I met up with the folks who were running track that morning–complete strangers–we quickly fell into easy conversation. We compared the number of marathons we had run, what we were currently training for, PRs, and what the athletic scene was like in their state versus mine. Never were we at a loss for words, as is sometimes common when you meet new people.
I love that running gives us this common language. It unites an incredibly diverse group of people, people who might not otherwise have much to do with each other. In my running group alone, we have a nutritionist, a massage therapist, a teacher, an accountant, an acupuncture student, and an astrophysicist, among others. Where else would such a diverse group come together?
The same can be said for the blogosphere. We all come at this from wildly different places and backgrounds, with differing opinions on how to train, race, and juggle it all. But we all agree on one thing–our love of running.
Maybe basket weavers or quilters have the same experience due to their shared passion. I’m not sure. But I like to think that running is fairly unique. At the very least, I know I appreciate the world it has opened up to me.