I ran my first marathon many years ago, long before running was supported the way it is now. We knew very little about training, racing, preparation, recovery, and all the components of endurance road racing. For example, I wore my high school cotton gym shorts, cotton mesh top (ouch!), and a dress watch with a second hand. Figuring out splits required a good memory and doing quite a bit of math while on the run. It was lonely. I don’t mean the race itself. I mean the whole running culture.
Fast forward, and I am thrilled to be part of the growing world of running where we know so much more about everything from tapering to tempo runs. More important than the advanced technology, gear—and even more important than the abundance of information about running—is the generous spirit in which runners share what we know and have experienced, and offer our support to each other.
It’s amazing to be part of a community that knows no boundaries. Running is shared openly on blogs, web sites, in print, and actually running together and chatting about running. My belief is that as long as people are running for fitness, for the social experience, and for competitive reasons, runners will continue to rally to share information openly and generously. And I believe that is what makes runners unique.
Podcasts have opened another entire distribution of running information, and with such a personal, narrative touch. This week's Take-It-And-Run Thursday is focused on podcasts and music. I’ve never run a step listening to music, so I can’t be of any help there, but I do enjoy podcasts. Listening to podcasts is closer to having a running friend who passes along advice, encouragement, lessons learned, and just plain interesting point of views. A favorite podcast directory of mine for tracking down great running bytes is podcast.net. We’re looking forward to learning about everyone’s best recommended podcasts for running enthusiasts.