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.