Without this blog, I probably never would have connected with these fabulous ladies who have become wonderful friends. And if I were to try to list all of the wonderful friends and connections we have made through this blog, I would be typing for days. It's opened new doors for us and has quite frankly made racing quite fun. It's always nice to have a familiar face at a race, whether local or not.
Saturday afternoon, Adam and I decided to celebrate being done with all of our Christmas shopping and so we stopped at a local watering hole for a beer and late lunch. It was a rainy, dreary afternoon and this seemed like the perfect way to spend the waning hours of daylight. With my thoughts on the holidays and the "Red/White Christmas" beer and prosciutto, fontina, and onion jam grilled cheese in front of me, running was not on the brain. We noticed when a couple walked in and instantly I recognized the woman's face. After we both did at least a quadruple take, she walked over to our seat at the bar and asked if I was Christine. I immediately knew it was Kristy from Breath of Sunshine and was so excited to finally meet her!
While we live in the same place and have been at many of the same races, we've never actually met in person. I was introduced to this delightful gal via the run blogging network this spring as I was training for the Shamrock half marathon. I've always been drawn to her writing; it's honest and soulful. Meeting her in person was nothing different. We discussed the current state of our running affairs and she confessed that she had recently broken up with her Garmin as she was getting back in her running groove. It didn't mean too much in the moment but Sunday morning when I decided to log a few miles on the treadmill, her words were ringing in my ears. Right now, nothing really matters other than simply enjoying the miles. I don't have a major race on the calendar ahead of me and this holiday season, running for me is the name of the game. I will definitely be taking her up on her offer for a Garmin-free run!
Have your running or blogging buddies ever taught you something?