There has been many-a-love-connection kindled or re-kindled on the quiet neightbourhood streets and trails out on a seemingly unsuspecting run or walk…
In fact I bet you’ve already discovered the surprising variety of topics that come up when you’re out for a run or walk, whether it’s someone you know very well or someone you’ve hardly met… No matter the background, the one common thread is the activity itself. There’s plenty of time to “talk”, because you are encouraged to stay within your nice comfortable “talking pace”, and good conversation ensues. You not only solve the family problems, but the world’s problems as well, and you may find you divulge all sorts of personal information you honestly would never talk about at any other time… everything from what’s happening at work to what you had for dinner … and eventually it will go even further to topics like how you are feeling about your health, your kids, your existing relationships, your sex life (yes!) and even whether or not you managed to get to the bathroom before the workout started (or better yet how often you go in a day!)
Next thing you know you’ll be sharing toilet paper (if you’re not already – This is truly bonding stuff!)
When you find someone you enjoy running or walking with, the experience will warm your heart every time. I have been a group coordinator of RunWalk clinics for over 20 years, and I always enjoy watching the love couples that rekindle, and those that inevitably emerge.
My favourite RunWalk “love” vision of all? My own Mom and Dad, when they decided to prepare to walk the Vancouver Sun Run together… I’ll never forget the two of them crossing that Finish Line hand-in-hand, with the biggest smiles you can imagine, and the bond that held them together for 55 years never more wonderful to see.
My advice for this week, in keeping with this special Valentine’s Day theme along with my continuous theme as your Coach: Be careful not to do too much too fast too soon ok? And good luck with your own Love-on-the-Run!”
Happy Valentine’s Day!