I love running, and I love sharing my passion for the sport with other people almost as much. Just in the past few months, I’ve had three people approach me with questions about training and running in general. I’d be a BIG FAT LIAR if I said it didn’t boost my running ego just a tad every time.
I almost always tell them, “You have to be careful. I can talk about running for days!” No matter how busy I am or how much is going on at the moment, I’ll always take the time to talk then and to later dig up what I think are some useful resources to share. I am happy to do what I can to help light their own running flames, no matter how simplistic or complex the task of addressing their questions.
The only thing I love above passing along these resources and any of my own experiences that I hope might prove some gem of winged foot wisdom is hearing back with training updates – “I ran three miles for the first time the other day!” “I’m up to six miles now!” “You’re awesome! How do you know so much about running?” OK, OK, so maybe I’ve never actually heard this last one. A girl can dream, right?
So I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when my good friend Imee started joining us for Thursday night Snug runs this past summer. An awesome addition to my already stellar running crew slash best beer-guzzlin’ gal pal? Uh, yeah, I’m IN!
This past Thursday marked quite the momentous occasion for Imee and I alike, one that makes my little running heart go splish splash in a beer-filled ocean of love for the one and only Irish Snug Running Club: her. . .TENTH. . .Snug. . .run!
It’s official. Welcome to the club, Imee!
If you’ve read this blog before even a handful of times, I’m sure you can guess what we did next. . .
Bet you were thinking car bomb – Gotcha! Well, not really. Of course we threw back a car bomb too. Think of that as dinner. . . This was our dessert, if you will. Just making sure you’ve been paying attention. Gotta keep you readers on your toes!
I’d like to think I had some part in inspiring Imee’s renewed running repertoire; but I didn’t, not this time. This one, along with some other very positive life changes, was all Imee and Imee alone.
Rest assured, though, that I’ve got big plans. BIG plans to hopefully help motivate others to come to love running as much as I do. In the mean time, I’m quite all right with being the one motivated instead.
Melissa Mincic, Ph.D., a long-time road and trail runner, conducts applied child development research and works to influence child development policy at the University of Denver. Follow Melissa on Twitter at @nerdinrunshoes.