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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

So, remember my running buddy, Sarah, that I met out on the trail?

Here is yet another photo I stole from Sarah's FB page:



Yes, gentleman...she's available! Haha.

RECAP: Sarah and I passed each other on our regular morning runs almost every day. We would pass each other twice around the same spot on the trail every time. She had the sweetest smile and was so cheerful and always said, "Good morning!" I really wanted to know her story, so one day before my run, I penned a quick note and took it with me, hoping she would be out on the trail. Of course she was! So, as we got closer to passing each other, I yelled, "I have a note for you!" And I passed it to her. On the second pass, she introduced herself and said she'd e-mail me.

A couple weeks later, we had coffee for about half an hour, chatted about running and realized we were meant to be running buddies. We agreed to go on a short run together...an easy 5 miler. I had never run with a partner before. It was so much fun!

We decided, rather spontaneously, to do a long run together on a Saturday. 7 miles. That was awesome too! But, that was the fateful day of my ankle injury.

We had texted each other a couple times since then. She has been such a sweet, uplifting force for me through this time of injury and we have missed running together.

The other day, Sarah announced that she would join me for Deep Water Exercise. I was so proud of her for going out of her comfort zone.

And this is when it happened...

Try and put yourself in Sarah's shoes (probably Asics) for a second.

There's this girl that is close to your age that you keep seeing on the trail. One day this freak passes you a note...like it's high school or something. In the note, she calls you beautiful, but also makes sure you know that she isn't hitting on you. What a weirdo. But points for originality.

You meet her for coffee and it's fun! Yay! Instant friend!

You go running together once and decide it was worth it. Let's do it again!

Awww....friend is injured...no more running buddy for at least a month. Maybe it would be supportive and fun to go to deep water exercise with her.

Then, as you are struggling not to drown, she lays this one on you...

"So...do you wanna train for triathlons with me?"

Wait....WHAT?!!!!

Here's the best part, Sparkfriends. She thought for about, I don't know...one minute...and said, "OK, let's do it!"

Ahahahahaha! YES!

So...here we are. Two virtual strangers checking out swim instructors/classes and planning to split the bill. Biking will be next, but we can only handle one or two things at a time, you know. (Oh, did I mention she also plays tennis?)

We must be nuts. Barely knowing each other and agreeing to forge into this completely unknown territory together. But, the thing is...we don't feel like strangers. It's AMAZING what can happen on a short 5-mile run. So much sharing...so much common ground discovered. And it really doesn't take long to know when someone is a kindred spirit, does it?

Anyway, it might be insane, but it's fun...so...it'll be worth it. And I think we will only love ourselves more as we move through the process.
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LINNBEAR 8/23/2012 10:26AM

    Don't over think! Just enjoy the friendship. Good for you for stepping out, she could be just the girl you say hi to on a run, but then you would have both missed out on so much.

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TORTISE110 8/22/2012 4:43AM

    You both rock!

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NELLBELLA26 8/22/2012 12:08AM

    emoticon Not only am I amazed by your strength and courage to try something so physically challenging and working through your injury like a champ, but you're brave when it comes to forging friendships, too.
I love how you just put yourself out there without fear!
Congrats on having a buddy to train with. How fun.
Keep up the great work..
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ESME25 8/21/2012 1:23PM

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NAOLEE 8/21/2012 2:08AM

    Thank you for sharing. Sometime our best friend is on front of us; but because we get scare we lose them. GOD BLESS YOUR NEW FRIENDSHIP emoticon

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THETROUT 8/20/2012 7:56PM

    You guys look alike!

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SASSYLJB 8/20/2012 5:27PM

    People come into our lives just when we need them and stay for the time we need them be it a short time or for the duration of the time of our lives.I am glad that you have found that perfect person to train with, You got this go for it!

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SPEEDY143 8/19/2012 11:26PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon What a great beginning and what a wonderful way to start a new friendship emoticon

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MANILUS 8/19/2012 2:03PM

    Always great to enjoy things you love with a friend!

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ROB704 8/19/2012 1:22PM

    I don't know which is cooler - the friend or the fact that you two are training for a triathlon - Holy Running Shoes batman!

Go get 'em!

It's stories like these that keep me going some days.

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BESSHAILE 8/19/2012 8:17AM

    this is SO cool! Can't wait to hear about the training.

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JMARIES51 8/19/2012 2:15AM

    Cherish your relationship because these things don't happen everyday! My best friend passed away a year and a half ago and I miss her everyday.

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 8/17/2012 2:25PM

    that is so freaking amazing! you are so lucky to have that spirit with you. I am in this alone (well, IRL). I have my Scotty - but he's a busy guy and we don't like the same sort of training. And he's already at his goal. He's trying as hard as he can to be super supportive and trying to be understanding of my current situation, but I always feel like I'm holding him back.

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FLATROSIE 8/17/2012 12:11PM

    Friends are a great thing to collect! emoticon

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JKELLEY1107 8/17/2012 11:26AM

    That is so cool. Thanks for sharing! Makes me wanna go out on a limb and introduce myself to someone new. I tend to stay in my little comfort zone all the time....

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ISABELLE31 8/17/2012 9:43AM

    What a cool story! :)

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SHERYL_B 8/17/2012 8:33AM

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SPARKLISE 8/16/2012 10:18PM

    Nice!
Good things come to those who are not afraid to try new things! emoticon

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KIPPER15 8/16/2012 9:19PM

    Friend come along in the strangest ways. Isn't that nice. emoticon

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KEIPONY 8/16/2012 9:13PM

    Didn't take long.....

Go for it!!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/16/2012 8:43PM

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TKADEEPBREATH 8/16/2012 5:18PM

    You two even look like you could be real life sisters . . . that's cool . . !

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PEGGYO 8/16/2012 3:21PM

    You can do it.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/16/2012 3:01PM

    That is AWESOME!!!

I met my closest friend through a learn to run class. We were in class & the teacher told us we needed to find a running buddy for the running homework through the week. We chose each other & have been close friends ever since.

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IRONBLOSSOM 8/16/2012 2:42PM

    That's so awesome! Finding someone you click with and can exercise with like that sounds great.

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GOSPARK45 8/16/2012 2:00PM

    Sometimes you just know a best friend the minute you meet her. How wonderful!
Maybe the injury put you on this new course. Wow, weird huh?

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LYNSEY723 8/16/2012 11:31AM

    That's awesome!! Onto new and bigger adventures for you! It is so great that you have someone to do this with. Way to go!!

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AMBER281 8/16/2012 11:25AM

    That is so awesome that you have such a great support and friend!

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NYCMEGHAN 8/16/2012 10:51AM

    Can't wait to read all about your journey! I'm now on a mission to find a running buddy :-) Glad that the recovery is going smoothly.

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AUTUMNBRZ 8/16/2012 10:37AM

    That is terrific! You guys were lucky to find one another :) Good luck!

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CLUTTRELL8 8/16/2012 10:31AM

    It's awesome to meet someone you feel you've known for a lot longer than you have... and it sounds like it's going to be a great, supportive friendship for you both! emoticon

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HFAYE81 8/16/2012 10:29AM

    That is the coolest thing ever! Running buddies are the BEST!

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SMANISMELL 8/16/2012 9:55AM

    I think it is awesome you have a buddy to exercise with. I would really like to have one. I feel that you can go farther and do more if you have someone there with you.
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PATTISTAMPS 8/16/2012 9:45AM

    My 3 best friends and I would never have met if 2 of us hadn't been married to the guys we were married to at the time... Now, 30-some years later, we are sisters of the heart and soul! So I hope that you and Sarah have a long and wonderful friendship, and share many things together! emoticon

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CHEERFUL-ALT-3 8/16/2012 9:18AM

    Good luck! My friend and I tried to do a mini tri together...we didn't actually make it to the race, but we had a great time trying! I am sure you will have a blast :)

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MEH50BEWELL 8/16/2012 9:16AM

    Fate!
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VICKYMARIEC 8/16/2012 8:52AM

    Thats great!

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NDKARIKARI 8/16/2012 8:33AM

    awesome! so happy for you that you have found an accountable and nice buddy!

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ELLENBERRY 8/16/2012 8:31AM

    emoticon That is amazingly cool! Best of luck! I will be rooting for both of you.

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NLPOLAK 8/16/2012 8:22AM

    That's great! You just never know what each day holds, or who might end up being one of the best friends you could ever have, even in the most unlikely situations!

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OPTIMIST1948 8/16/2012 8:19AM

    The Beatles said it best: "I get by with a little help from my friends"

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4RASCALS 8/16/2012 8:06AM

    AWESOME!! You can do it You never stop amazing me.
Your an awesome person, such drive & determination.
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REGILIEH 8/16/2012 8:04AM

    WOW!!! How much fun the 2 of you are going to have! I cannot wait for the rest of the story!

Go! Go! Go!

She is going to be really blessed being with you!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/16/2012 8:00AM

    Congratulations on finding the perfect person to go on this adventure with you! Have fun!

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GUITARWOMAN 8/16/2012 7:28AM

    Serendipity!

Bonus!

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PATTOMMC3 8/16/2012 6:16AM

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DUMBBELLE84 8/16/2012 1:28AM

  That's so cool. Good for you, Leah.

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CORINA-MOMOF4 8/16/2012 12:13AM

    awesome!!

I'm actually thinking of creating a facebook group for my area for local runners... I often see the same faces when I'm out running, and each time I want to stop and ask them their training plans, what runs they have scheduled ect...
I thought about creating the fb group and then make little cards with the name of the group and then hand them out to runners as I pass them. I'd name the group:
"city name runners group" or "city name runners"

Is this a crazy idea? What would you do if you were out running and someone gave you a card that tells you about a facebook group for runners in your city?

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/15/2012 11:47PM

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