Monday Meditation: Code of the Road

25 Mar

As an uplifting follow-up to yesterday’s post about negativity coming from non-runners, this quote touches on the positive social impact of running.

“Here’s what I know about runners. There is an unspoken but deeply felt bond that connects us to one another. We can go from stranger to trusted confidant in the space of a run or an hour gathered in a crowded auditorium. We can share our most intimate thoughts and know that they are protected by the unspoken code of the road. I know that running not only strengthens our bodies, it often fortifies our hearts and minds, conferring an inner resilience that mirrors our physical capabilities. And I have discovered that very often, courage, empathy, and character can be natural by-products of a running life.”

-Candace Karu

Do you smile when you pass other runners on the road, track, or trail? I always do and the above quote truly gets to the heart of the reason why. It goes beyond simple friendliness or being polite. The act of running creates a shared experience, regardless of mileage or fitness level. When we pass by or spend time with other runners, there is a real sense of “being in this together”. It is a community, a camaraderie, a fellowship.

Strong friendships are naturally forged through running. Take a common interest and add physical and psychological intensity and you’ve got a pretty powerful setup for sharing things you may not share with others (just think for a second of all the body-related things only other runners would understand…).

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Through running we not only become our best selves and reach beyond our limits, we also understand, accept, appreciate, and encourage others. If that doesn’t make it worth it, I don’t know what does!

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One Response to “Monday Meditation: Code of the Road”

  1. Amanda March 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    I love the running community. I can tweet about crapping in the woods, and runners get it and don’t judge (maybe?). Plus, the encouragement we give each other is unmatched.

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