The other day I was out for a long run with two of my close guy runner friends. When you’ve been running as long as I have, you’ve pretty much seen and heard everything. Running buddies become immune to bodily functions, gear change (aka, stripping down to skives), and dodging snot rockets. So when one of my friends became a bit flatulent, we didn’t say anything, didn’t even giggle a bit. He was a bit embarrassed and apologized but I told him, “What happens on the run stays on the run.”
This is one of the reasons I love the running community and running with our TFK family. We are supportive, understanding, and sooner or later, everyone has “been there” when it comes to embarrassing moments. As we get thick into the long runs, we all need to buddy up and help each other. If my face is encrusted with salty sweat after running 15 miles, please tell me before I head home and scare people. If you need to borrow some water, an energy gel, or just need a silent partner to pace with, ask your TFK neighbor. Your TFK coaches have all been through marathon training with their own trials and tribulations so use us as sounding boards. And if you need to toot, send off a snot rocket, or anything else you would never do in public, don’t worry. What happens on a TFK run, stays on a TFK run!
Next time you see me at practice, I’ll tell you about the time I was in dire need of a port-a-potty at mile 20 of the ING New York City Marathon!
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