My Running History, Chapter 6
All too soon, my days of running simply for the joy of running and running with a partner came abruptly to a halt. In 2001, I graduated from seminary and moved from Kentucky to Ohio. Since then, I've only sporadically had running partners, usually only when I would attend our annual conference for church. In fact, over the first seven years, that was the only time I got to train with anyone.
I wasn't running for fun anymore, either. I was running to alleviate stress. It wasn't pleasant at all. I would generally run 3-4 miles at a time, running a local race or two, but not much more than that. I made one friend who also used to run, and we made plans to run together (we even had matching jog strollers so we could presumably run with our babies), but we were both so busy and stressed out that we never made the time.
Running was a necessity, but it wasn't enough. It was more of an escape than something enjoyable.
But then something happened...