What I love the most about the running community, however, is how we band together as a unit. We are just as proud of our accomplishments as a runner as we are of other's accomplishments as a runner. Just having a blog about running has shown me what an amazing community of people runners are. Your PRs make me just as excited as my PRs. Your devastating run makes me devastated too. We are competitive, but it doesn't feel that way because we celebrate everyone's victories. When things get hard, we push harder. If you run, you are a runner. And that is something that we don't find many places.
A year ago, our community was devastated. The unthinkable happened, and while I was across the country, my heart broke. But watching what happened in the aftermath, reading the stories of heroes, watching the survivors get back up and show that we won't be knocked down has made me so very proud to be able to call myself a runner. Thank goodness for this community that welcomes everyone, from all walks of life, all races, all genders, all religious backgrounds, with open arms and no judgements. And in less than a week, we will show them just how strong we are.
I can't wait.