My What Could Be Better? is found in distance running. I feel like it makes me stronger, not just physically, but mentally as well. Since I began running I am happier, I am healthier, and I have more energy for my kids. In fact, I think it makes me a better mom. It sets the example of being healthy and strong, and I think it is great for my kids to see a grown-up who is still training as an athlete. I am running these races and I know I will never win, but it is not about that; it is more about me competing against myself and finishing the race.
There is a lot of camaraderie in running. I feel that I am bonded with my running friends on a different level. I can talk about anything with them. It is a close relationship… I mean, we can talk and laugh about chaffed body parts, and things that only other runners understand. On my first marathon day I experienced some dark moments, but they helped pull me through. We high fived at each mile, and when we got to mile 24 I squeezed the hand of one of my closest running buddies. That was all both of us needed to pull through the end of that race. It is a very special bond.