Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Running Community

Runners, despite being an incredibly diverse group of people from all backgrounds and professions, are often true to the stereotype of gravitating immediately to the topics of running and food when they converse. Which is not at all weird. Food rocks, and after all, why wouldn't we talk about running?

Overwhelmingly, runners also praise each other's efforts with enthusiasm, with frequency, and very seldom with criticism. Praise is the runner's currency. Everyone on knows that. The more you give, the more you get.

Runners also give advice with willingness and patience. It's really quite incredible just how much sharing and communal help is involved in the running community. In races, it is very common for struggling runners to get tons of encouragement, and even for runners to psce themselves with a struggling runner and team up to get them through.

So if you're a new runner, be prepared to be amazed at how the running community will totally embrace you and bring you along. There might be communities of common interest out there that are as inclusive as the running community, but you'd be hard pressed to find them.

So join us on and see what I'm talking about.


CewTwo said...

So many groups online to use! How many is the right amount? If I join this one today, will it be there tomorrow?

I'm a runner. But I think I'll wait a bit still!

Ulrika said...

You're absolutely right. The running community around the globe is awsome!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

It's nice to have the social support if you ever feel the loneliness of the long distance runner. Like CewTwo said, though, sometimes there is just too much support. You could spend all day on dailymile.