Just to be clear: there’s no need for speed. Not always, anyway.
It’s true that on weekday mornings, when I get out the door later than I’d planned and I’ve got to be back so Micah can leave for work, I’m in no mood to dawdle. Getting as many miles as I can in is my top priority – catching up with friends will have to wait. But weekends are a different story. Weekends are for relaxing, for chatting, for stretching out the run for as many minutes as possible – at least while the weather holds.
I say this because it has come to my attention that sometimes people don’t want to run with me because they are afraid to slow me down. They know I like to go fast and that is not necessarily on their priority list, let alone near the top of it.
But while I do like to run fast, mostly I just like to run. Also, I like people. And I like to share the things I like with the people I like. This includes running with them, if they’re into that sort of thing.
Now, it’s still true that Micah is my favorite running buddy and if I could, I’d run with him every day of the week. But now that we have 3 kids and only 2 seats in our jogger, it’s much harder for us to both run together and talk to each other. Our recent “family” runs have been more focused on making sure Manchild is safe on his bike while keeping Squish and Little Miss happy in the jogger.
And while I do appreciate some alone time now and then, and am a “cat runner” generally speaking, more and more I’m feeling like any chance I can get to spend with friends is a chance I should take. Because even though running isn’t a team sport, it is all about connecting: with yourself, with God, with nature, with friends. Now is the time to slow things down and strengthen those connections.