It takes a village (or at least 344 followers and 183 friends)

WARNING!!!! The sappy-factor maybe a little high in this post.

One of the things I had found missing in my training was people who understood me.  Up until very recently it was common for many of the people in my life to ask me “why?” Why do you want to run? Why do you get up so early? Why would you do a marathon? Why would you want to do an Ironman? I didn’t have enough people that understood why I was was running or training.  I had a few people I trained with who got it but I still felt like I needed more support.  Specifically support from people who understood what I was going through.

Enter social networking.  I had been active on Facebook  for awhile but that was mostly to keep in touch with those in my life that I no longer could see or talk to on a regular basis.  But I needed contact with people like me; not just people from my past/present.  So someone told me about Dailymile.  I joined and started logging my workouts.  Loved it! But once I finally started twitter it all came together.  I am now surrounded by a community (a village, if you will) of people “like me”.  People who understand why I get sad after a big race is over.  People who understand why taking a day or two off from training can feel like the end of the world.  People who get excited when you sign up for an even bigger challenge than the last.  With the use of  sites, geography doesn’t matter!  You can connect with anyone almost anywhere.

So I am thankful for the people I have met and those I haven’t yet.  It is because of you that I will accomplish things that I never thought I would.

*Picture was taken by one of my village people (@Quadrathon) of @bfrein , me, and my husband on a ride.

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15 comments

  1. You make it easy for us to want to be part of this village! Although you were seeking support and understanding, you have also given back by sharing your experiences and motivating those of us new to Multisport. Keep up the great work, training hard and exceeding your goals and we will continue to support ya!

  2. Very, very true! The village of athletes on Twitter/DailyMile is awesome. Honestly, I’m pretty sure I would have never done my first marathon if I didn’t Tweet. Weird, right? But still awesome.
    Glad that you’ve started to tweet & blog. And very glad to be following you!

  3. Social media is pretty much responsible for my decision to run a marathon and I often wonder if I would have continued running for very long without it. Now the challenges keep getting bigger and more fun.

  4. I couldn’t agree more!!! For example, since I picked up this viral infection and have been sick for the past 19 days…. EVERYONE around me has been asking or rather STATING that it’s because I do too much exericse! And that is frustrating! It’s like no actually… if anything I am sick LESS often than most people I work with BECAUSE of exercise and healthy eating. And you know what, everyone gets sick from time to time and this one is hanging on for a while because that is what it is doing for EVERYONE, no because I’m running, biking, swimming and living! So it’s nice to know that some people out there won’t immediately blame the one thing that is actually making me a healthier person!

  5. I’m new to your blog and I love it!! Love this post even more. I get those questions from coworkers, friend and even family! We are a great village and I wouldn’t want to be part of any other!!

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