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    Have you hugged your non-runner today?

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    In talking with other runners I have learned that I am one of the lucky ones.  Not everyone has the support of their non-running friends and family.  Therefore, today I just wanted to dedicate some space in my blog to all of the non-runners who are supportive of their runner.

    To all of you who might:

    Stick up for a runner who always leaves the party early…
    Schedule your party around a training plan so you know your runner can stay out late…
    Change around your weekend plans to accommodate training…
    Plan your vacation around racing or training…
    Refrain from rolling your eyes at the pile of shoes…
    Make pancakes for your runner while she’s in the shower after a long run…
    Put a pillow over your head while your runner is on the treadmill before you need to get up…
    Attend every race, even if they aren’t as exciting for you as they are for your runner…
    Ask your runner about training even though you know she’ll go on and on…
    Act impressed by the above conversation every time…
    Watch in shock and awe the amount of food your runner can put away but never comment…
    Put “the kit” including sports drink, body glide, chap stick, tissues, water, etc. in the car and drive the long run route backwards to make sure your runner is okay…
    Drive your runner some weird distance away so she can run home again…
    Be patient with your runner when weekend naps become more frequent…
    And make a hundred other sacrifices big and small…

    I just want to say thank you 😀

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!