Going by the old adage, “If you make friends with yourself, you’ll never be alone”, I love running long distances on my own.
Maybe I like the idea of not feeling obliged to try and keep up with someone else’s pace. It comes back to this innate fear of letting people down.
And while I’ve made great friends through running, I’ve never had a close buddy who shared the sense of adventure with me.
Until last Sunday’s 10 km Sydney Harbour Run.
Brenda – mah sistah from another mistah – has not only taken up running, but in a short year now loves it more than I ever have.
The crazy gal is running her first marathon this year.
While I could easily get jealous of that kind of tenacity and determination, it’s actually inspiring.
And then, there are the weird and wonderful things you discover on race day:
- For your pre-race jitters pee, you have a friend to run into the men’s toilets because the ladies’ line is as long as the Great Wall of China. Never mind the puzzled look from the users at the urinals, look down, run straight into the loo, do your thang, then run the hell out of there…giggling like stupid school girls.
- Throughout the entire 10kms, she was my cheering squad (“Come on G…just shuffle, shuffle, shuffle…”) and I hers, (“Go, B! Go, B! Go, B!)
- You can both share your love of being camera sluts, hogging every official race photographer with goofy grins and peace signs.
- The Negative Nellies inside your head will almost succeed in slowing you down in the freezing, blistering cold wind. But then your running sistah will make sure you “move those legs” and get to the finishing line under 65 minutes, damn it.
- You have someone to have jubilant, triumphant hugsies with at the finish line, pretending you just won gold at the Olympics. Then, promptly crash to reality when scolded by the Race Marshal to “Move along now! Don’t block the finish line!”
- She loves you for you. It’s not just about the run but the chance to share an adventure. No matter how much of a slow poke you are, she sticks to her word and crosses the line with you. Together.
Yup. Mah running sistah from another mistah.
Who’s your sistah from another mistah? What’s the most memorable adventure you’ve shared with them? Have you ever used the men’s toilets?
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