December 8, 2014

Blogger Buds and Words of Wisdom

One of my absolute favorite things about blogging is the connections we have made.  Just this year alone, I traveled to Napa with Cyanne, hosted Megan in Virginia Beach for the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, and palled around with Danielle at Dopey Challenge.


 
 
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?
{Christine}


8 comments:

  1. We too have met so many wonderful people through blogging, including you two:) I only ever run without my gps when it is not charged. Even though I do not like doing that, it is almost a freeing feeling to not be tempted to look down to see if I'm on pace or how many miles I've run. -L

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  2. Meeting and connecting with others is also one of my favorite things about blogging. Its amazing how blogging and social media is able to bring complete strangers together to support one another!

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  3. My favorite thing about blogging is the community. I feel like I have so many new buddies.

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  4. I've met a few bloggers who are local and they've all taught me a lot :). Kindal from Lifting Revolution and I used to do track workouts together and I know Abby (Back at Square Zero) bc we both did the summer 5K series here in town. Another one of my friends, Noah Moore, used to blog frequently and I read his blog before moving here, it helped me find out about TrySports and some of the local places to run. I'm also glad more and more companies and races are figuring out that blogs are great for publicizing events and products.

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  5. i've made a few new friend connections through my blog, but mostly twitter. i have some fabulous US friends i need to meet! :)

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  6. I never thought I would meet such wonderful friends from blogging - so glad to have this community.

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  7. Yes to ALL of this! I am so thankful for all off the wonderful friends I have made through running and blogging, I can't imagine my life without this part of it!

    And I run without my watch occasionally. If I'm feeling like I'm going to have a crappy run before I even start (my legs feel heavy/ tired, etc.) I'll leave my watch at home so I can get in the miles without feeling frustrated by looking down and seeing how terrible my pace is!

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  8. It really is awesome to connect with some awesome bloggers. I mean that's how I met you!!

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