The feeling that accompanies one when they’ve decided to commit to a marathon is a feeling you can’t replicate. It’s almost hard to put into words. It’s a feeling of something bigger than you are. A feeling of complete chaos that you’re about to dedicate a part of your life to accomplishing something that sets you apart from the average. It practically engulfs the core of your being. It’s the early morning training runs, the run groups that encourage you, the nutritional information, the details of picking out every last detail of your run gear. It’s even in the music you pick to pump you up. It’s THAT feeling. But soon that feeling turns into memories. Memories you’ll reflect on for years as you now realize you’re part of a lifelong community. A community of runners.
It’s a community that welcomes you with open arms. No matter the level of runner you are, you can be certain you’ll find a place where you belong. When you say things hurt in places you didn’t know existed, you immediately are comforted by the fact someone in your community can relate. There is an energy and passion that surrounds this community that is unlike any other in the world. It unites people of all backgrounds for a common cause.
No matter why you started to run, why you continue to run or why you’re thinking of running, it’s important to know that there will always be a community who has your back.