Thursday, August 30, 2012

An Unexpected Benefit

Last night Mike and I headed out to a town on Seneca Lake to meet up with two of our Reach the Beach relay teammates, Sarah and Rob.  We were bad bloggers and didn't take any photos but we had an amazing time going for a boat ride, I held their adorable mini dachshund, Fenway, the entire time. We're best friends now.  They also made us dinner and we had a great time getting to know each other. I can't wait until the relay! (Although we should hang out again sometime).

That got me thinking about one benefit of becoming triathletes: we have made so many friends in the past year and a half. 





In addition to the new friends we have made, it has helped us become closer to people who were already in our life.

Our friends, Sarah and Mark (who just recently got engaged, yay!) have been a part of our life for awhile but we have gotten closer because of running.  I love being able to go for a run with them!


Our Seneca7 relay team bonded during the almost 8 hours we were running around the lake. 


And now Reach the Beach (and me blogging about running) has helped me reconnect with someone I went to high school with, my friend Isaac.


I can't wait to meet the rest of our team, as well as, others that we are planning on meeting up with this year!

What are some unexpected benefits that you have experienced because of running (or triathlons)?

16 comments:

  1. This is by far one of my favorite benefits of running and now triathlons. I have met so many people this past year and finally feel like I am part of a community.

    Another benefit is I feel like I finally know who I am as a person. I never knew what I wanted to do with my life until I found running and now my life has changed. I am a marathoner, a triathlete, soon to be Ironman and hopefully PT student. This sport has changed my life.

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  2. I totally agree with you on this. My best group of friends are my running partners. What I love most about them is that there is never any drama--I can't say that of friends from other circles! I think it has something to do with having a passion in life and then sharing that passion. Who knows but glad you have found the same!

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  3. That is awesome! I am closest to the ones I run with although there aren't many. I feel like the time you spend running together is such a great bonding time. You become closer so much faster:)

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  4. Looks like a good group of friends...running has centered me and increased my endurance. It has also help build my confidence and allowed me to explore different activities like cycling and swimming...

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  5. We had the best time last night! And Fenway told me that next time you guys visit he won't try to eat anybody again.

    My favorite part of racing is meeting new people and making new friends. And after last night, we are so excited for the relay :)

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  6. Being active with running and triathlons has helped me meet so many new people in the real world and on social media platforms. It's unreal! Love seeing so many others reap the benefits too!

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  7. I have found many great friendships through running & have let go of some rather unhealthy relationships/lifestyle choices as well due to running.

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  8. Like everyone has mentioned wonderful friends that I probably would not have met if I wasn't a runner. Being with people who just get it! Who understand the frustration with NOT working out or the excitement over a new pair of shoes :)

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  9. Same as you, I now have so many friends through running and triathlon. And along with friends come new adventures (my trip to Colorado in May was with a running friend) and great information...heck, I found FitFluential because of running and triathlon!

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  10. This is great! I've met a lot of awesome people through running and blogging and am glad to be able to call you a friend because of it. :)

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  11. That's awesome, and so true!! I'm connected with some local runners that I never would have found without blogging, and have met many people along the way in my running journey. I love that aspect of the sport- if you're a runner (or triathlete) there is an instant connection!

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  12. I am just loving this!!!!! I can't wait for ATB this year....Colin and I will have to dig the bed out of the basement and set it up for you this time ;) now that we're all buddy-buddy you can definitely stay here!!!!!

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  13. Yay! I'm on your post twice! I loved getting to know you too. Now, all I have to do is make my way back to upstate New York.

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  14. The sense of community!! The ongoing support from strangers that became friends. The advice--OH THE ADVICE!!! Being able to meet amazing, genuine people that I never otherwise would have come into contact with.

    Thankful for you!!

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  15. You did the Seneca7?! I was on the race organizational committee and ran it, too! (I just graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, located in Geneva, NY.) It was literally one of the best days ever--I'm already looking forward to next year's event! :)

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