There are people who run and people who are runners.

There are runners who run only to run.

There are runners that the simple act of running brings them such immense joy that it no longer is just a run. It’s so much more.

For those that don’t know this type of love, they will never understand those that go to this “place” in their running.

 

I’ve tried countless times to explain my love of marathons to people who have never run them before.

You can’t explain love. It can only be felt.

530 Chicago Marathon 2004    www_mile-posts_blogspot_com

There was a period in time when it was STRANGE to meet people on the internet. I have a close family member who met their wife {of now 10 years} on the internet, but back then you didn’t tell people that’s how you met. Now the internet has made the world a very small place, you can find friends who live different countries. Friends you have never met in real life but feel a real connection to. One of these people for me is Tess.

I wanted to share a video of her running Chicago Marathon recently. It moved me to tears and I hope it does the same to you. Love you Tess!

http://vimeo.com/77063897

If you want to follow Tess you can find her on twitter https://twitter.com/thatgirlsix or on her blog http://thatgirlsix.wordpress.com/

 

Comments

  1. Ah, I’m so glad for the internet too because it’s brought me to meet fun people like you! You inspire me and I’m so glad you are in my life, even if we met online :)

  2. That’s the great thing about running, it gives you a sense of accomplishment no matter the distance. Whether you are a beginner or avid runner. You reap all of the benefits from what you put in to it.

  3. That’s the great thing about running, it gives you a sense of accomplishment no matter the distance. Whether you are a beginner or avid runner. You reap all of the benefits from what you put in to it.

  4. Running brings so much joy in so many ways to people! Everyone has their personal experience but I can’t even begin to explain all that it has brought me and my family!

  5. The running community is amazing and I’m so happy to have finally joined the club. I’m not a hardcore runner, or at least I don’t consider myself to be, but my running group still loves me :) I can’t even explain the peace that running has brought into my life, but I know I’ll be forever thankful for it.

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  6. The running community is amazing — I’ve made some really wonderful friends through running blogs and groups on the internet. I love how it brings us all together.

  7. :) It makes me happy we can all support each other! xo

  8. I’m not sure what you think hardcore is but you pound the pavement every week so in my book that makes you hardcore :) I’m soooo tempted to sign up for B & A again 😉 xo

  9. I feel lucky that my mom got me in to running so she gets it! It’s hard to explain it to other family members who don’t run :) xo

  10. Exactly!

  11. awwwww – I was literally thinking about you when I got this comment. I’m so excited for you for your race!!! I’m glad I met my West Coast twin 😉 xo

  12. Mary-Ann Moerman says:

    I started crying at the start of her marathon! I feel the same love and excitement! Running sets me free! Is my best friend, my enemy, my mirror! Awesome Tess! And thanks for sharing Dorothy! Xoxo

  13. Quote my wife about a hundred times since I transitioned from ‘guy who runs’ to ‘runner’ at 46 just over at year ago:

    “You actually LIKE doing this to yourself?”

    No – I LOVE it … and I can’t wait for my final planned race of the year, a half-marathon on Sunday, to do it again!

  14. I just ran the Chicago Marathon, and loved reliving it with that video. I’ve got chills.

  15. True! I pound a lot of pavement. I know I’m more of a “social” runner. My times have barely moved in the past few years and I’m okay with that. I don’t push myself past my point of pain and I’m fine with it. Sure, I get tired and there are days where I forgo heels after a run, but I don’t try to improve my times too much. I tore my quad muscle playing soccer in college and that pain was unbelievable and the rehab was terrible. My goal is to run as often as I can, but avoid any significant injury the best I can. And that works for me!

  16. So so true about the connections we can make through the Internet. Two of my closest friends are friends I met 3 years ago when I started writing my blog (they have running blogs too). I can’t imagine life without them. And now we meet up for girl trips and know each other’s families, etc. Can’t wait to see them again in Boston for the marathon.

  17. Your comment about the family member meeting their now spouse online 10 years ago made me smile… I met my own husband online (eharmony.com) almost 10 years ago and I used to be SO embarrassed to tell people that’s how we met! It wasn’t as “normal” as it is now, so I would lie… “Oh, we met through mutual friends.” :) Now I’m really open about it and not worried about what people will think!

    I have “met” so many amazing and inspiring women (you included) online- running and non-running alike, and I am so thankful! It helps keep life and the world in perspective!

  18. Taylor says:

    What a wonderful post! I have really just started “exploring” the running world of blogs on the internet, now that I have more time with less running while pregnant:-) It really has been an encouragement and has my mind going about the changes I hope to make, hoping this go around is much smoother post pregnancy. I am inspired by so many awesome women out there, running for the joy of running! Loved this video, makes me itch to get to that next marathon post baby!

    My video that captured my most important running moment brings tears to my eyes with the story but hopefully encourages others to keep at it no matter what:

  19. I agree. I’ve found that there are some amazing runners who have great stories to tell through their blogs on the web. Much of it is inspiration, along with the wisdom that they have gained through their personal running journeys. Thanks for sharing yours Dorothy. Right now I’d say that my love for running is simply that – putting on my shoes and simply traveling somewhere on foot. Dollars and cents preclude me from pursuing more marathons right now, but I hope that with time I will be able to participate in some more of the major ones (NYC, Boston, Chicago, and Marine Corps – to name a few). Running is joy.

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