Who supports you the most with your running goals and why do you pick them?
My first few years of running were hard because I had very few people supporting me, but now I feel surrounded by supporters!
My biggest supporter, though, is my pheonmenal boyfriend, Paul. When we were just dating, he drove all the way to Chicago to cheer me on in the Chicago Marathon, spending the entire day chasing around the city with my best friend (my other biggest supporter) whom he had never met. He then drove me home that night so that I could sleep and relax.
He is always asking me about my runs, and has never hesitated to go where ever and when ever to drive me to a race, cheer me on and hug me at the finish line, and drive me home afterward. He is a good guy 🙂
My best friend, Julie, needs some recognition too, because she was always understanding of my running schedule in college and whenever we had plans. She knew that my running was important to me and never criticized it for being a priority. She, along with our other best friend, Liz, is always there to support me at a race if she can be (she cried all day during the marathon… she’s such a lover), and always sends supportive, motivational texts when she knows I have a race or a long run.
I feel like the list could go on and on, and I am so blessed for that! My great friend and former roommate Jess, who is an AMAZING runner, ran Chicago with me (or 2 hours a head of me, however you want to look at it), helped me stay on top of my training, was always lending me her cool running gear, and never let me go for a run without knowing where I was going and when I should be back.
Candace, my first college friend and fellow marathoner is always checking in on my running. A question of “how is your running going” can really go a long way in keeping you motivated and on track.
This got pretty long winded, but I feel like it is hard to pinpoint just one supporter, when everything that my friends do for me means so much!