Non-runners don’t always get us. We use acronyms, like MPW or GMP, that only make sense to us. We run at all hours, spend time and money on races that sound insane to any outsider. We get side-eye for skipping out early due to an early morning run date. What’s more, they don’t see how running imitates life and vice versa.
I find a way to relate everything in life to running. And while the non-runners in my life might think me obsessed, I think this perspective is the best gift running has given me.
Some days the runner’s perspective manifests in little ways, like when we run our normal route in the opposite direction, and see all the same things, but in a different way. Other times it enables us to feel gratitude we otherwise might not feel. It’s like smiling and laughing during the second half of a race that’s not going well, because even without a new PR, you’re really living.
No doubt you, like me, have read a million articles about running that leave you nodding your head along in agreement. And as I’ve read through the previous 11 days of this year’s Salty 12 Days posts, I wasn’t shocked to find myself understanding even the most different experiences than my own. We runners all share a similar perspective – we get one another. It’s that runners’ perspective that allows me to feel the gratitude along with all my fellow Saltines for all that running has given to me, has given us. Like …