A few weeks ago, one of our fellow Girls Gone Sporty Ambassadors mentioned that she was interested in starting a weekly post series called Make a Difference. Kelly (over at Miles to Go) had this great idea that running can really make a difference in your life. We talk about it often but she wanted to keep the discussion open so that we could explore the various ways it impacts people.
While running has impacted many aspects of my life, I wanted to highlight the impact on my relationship with Mom this week. It's hard to remember what our relationship was like before we both started running. We've always been close (at least since I grew out of the bitchy teenager phase), but running has changed our relationship, only for the better.
There's really nothing like having your Mom as a running buddy. The potential judgment, hesitations, and guarded-ness that can sometimes plague relationships of any kind simply aren't there. I can complain when I have a heinous run or celebrate an awesome one. It's an unguarded openness and candor that I value.
I have a built in cheerleader. I mean duh people, Mom came to all my swim meets, dance recitals and tee ball games. Now she attends my races (when she's able) with the same energy that she brought to the stands during my tee ball games when she and a friend taunted the other team. She's always on my side no matter what the score.
There's a kinship that comes with running. I have previously called it a fraternity of black toenails and hydration. It's a bit different when it's shared with a blood relative. The ability to share this experience together has been incredible and it's difficult to specifically articulate the tangible impacts.
How has running changed your relationships?