this is why i run: community // day 2

community (noun) a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics 

or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society 
within which it exists

By nature, I am an introvert. I’d rather curl up with a good book instead of going to a party. Running is a sport which most naturally is done alone. It’s perfect for an introvert. Even though it takes more effort for me to go out of my comfort zone and meet people, running has provided the opportunities to do it more effortlessly. 

The first time I really experienced the community that can be had with running was in 2006. I was racing once a month (alone) and decided one day that I was missing something. When I would go to my races, I’d see strangers and friends alike, come together and chat about their latest race times or discuss the latest running gear. Seeing that camaraderie stirred something in me and I made the choice to get involved with my local runners club. I began looking forward to the bi-weekly workout sessions and monthly club meetings. Yes, it was difficult at first. After all, I was attending these events mostly by myself (sometimes, with my Mom) and meeting new people all the time. The only thing that made me keep coming back was the community that existed. We all had one common interest that we were passionate about – running. 

As time went on, it became easier to make the choice to run in community rather than by myself. I know that running can be done alone but it can also be more gratifying to run alongside others who share the very same passion.

This is why I run.

*This post is a part of a 31 Day Writing Challenge in which I celebrate all the reasons I run. You can find links to all the posts here.

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