It was an afternoon where the temperature hovered close to freezing when our small group of four decided to run together for the first time. We work together. We talk about running together.
Why not run together?
Running can be pretty solitary.
Running can be you, a pair of shoes, and the road ahead.
Thomas Hobbes described life in a way that a lot of people would describe running: solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
When you run alone, no one sees you fail.
When you run alone, no one sees your flaws.
When you run alone, no one sees you stop on the hill.
Despite the insecurity, the fears, a larger question develops.
Why run together?
When you run together, you share in each others successes.
When you run together, your flaws (that only you notice anyway) seem smaller as the laughter and encouragement arrives.
When you run together, hills seem smaller when you are side by side.
Our team has grown to six, and will grow again next month. Each member of the running team is different.
We run various paces and distances depending on the day, but everyone is running a little faster and a little longer than when we first started.
Life and running doesn’t always have to be as Hobbes described. Maybe he just needed to be part of a team.