Sometimes that little “extra” that you need in your life is not sitting right next to you. Some of us need motivation to
get off the couch workout, run and give life a TRI! It’s just too easy to be lazy!
This is why I started the TTF blog, to meet other people who were as
crazy motivated as myself and to hold myself accountable. I am a decent self motivator but it’s always good to think that “we are in it together” and that was what I was missing, a group of like minded people with whom to share my insanity passion. I did know a lot of people in the running community, and ran on and off with various groups but due to my hubby’s work schedule I was mostly on my own. I got thru all of those “solo” years with on and off, training partners (Lisa E, Abby S, Kerry C & Shelly O) and the mantra, “If it’s easy, it’s not worth it”. I pushed forward, not for any reward but solely because the desire burned inside of me to be stronger, faster and better than ever. I raced a lot to keep from being lazy focused on the end goal: Staying Fit!
I am certainly no longer alone in my quest. It seems the last year or so has brought an onslaught of positive community development on various levels. I credit social media in helping to increase the awareness of fitness groups and new area running clubs, like the Frankfort New Lenox Running Club (aka: The F’N Runners – photo below). Plus, the creation of websites like Chicago Running Bloggers brings together like minded people who may or may not have ever come together otherwise.
So now, as I hit the trial, I see more and more people out there giving it their all on a Saturday morning before the sun rises. Last week, I saw the F’N Runners, the Park Forest Running & Pancake Club, Tinley Track & Trail, Tri Smart and I knew the Looney Chics were out there somewhere too. We continue to increase awareness of our groups and develop a massive community to support and motivate each other in life, training, & racing. We know that regardless of where we go, there will always be a “friendly” in the crowd and for that reason we keep pushing our limits to better ourselves and each other.
Thanks to all my virtual, real life, and on the run/trail training partners who continue to push me when I’d rather be sitting on the couch.
Have you noticed the growth and how much more visible the fitness/running groups have become as of late both online and in real life? Do you credit the internet and social media for getting the word out and helping our community grow? Does the growth of our community push you to be better?
** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz ** firstname.lastname@example.org