Today I read another blog post aboutÂ there being aÂ connection between runners and how runners understand each other. If you are interested read Ann’sÂ commentary about this.
From my experience I believe this to be true as well. Other runners understandÂ the feelingÂ when a run is not going or the joy that comes from a good run that non-runners do not always understand. They understand the effort required to preapre for races and what it feels like when you meet your goal on race day.
I notice it every day in my training runs as just about every runner I encounter, regardless of their age orÂ how fast they are running, will wave or nod as we pass each other.
I have also experienced this connections in the marathons I have run so far. I have witnessedÂ runners encouraging other to continue when they were struggling in the later stages of the race. At PEC in October the runner who finished behind meÂ shook my hand and thanked me when he finished becauseÂ he said my pace in the last few kilometers kept him going to the end. I understood exactly what heÂ was feeling at that momentÂ because we had because we had both just capped off several months of training with a marathon result that we were both pleased with.