But I did not. When I got home I missed my friends at camp, but went right on exercising alone. To the pool by myself. To the gym by myself. On runs by myself, or with my occasional four-legged, furry training partner, Buster. I did not keep my promise. I went back to camp two more times and always felt more and more inspired by the camaraderie at camp, but I still didn’t seek out others to train with once camp finished. My schedule was too busy. My family, my kids’ sports, my private practice, my volunteering. It would be way too difficult to coordinate training partners around all of that, I rationalized.
And then, at a kid’s birthday party this summer, a fellow dietitian and avid runner told me about a running group called the Sole Sisters (pictured above). They were a local group of women runners of all different levels, who had formed a closed Facebook group that they used to coordinate group runs and support each other. Was I interested in being added to the list? “Sure,” I said.
After being addd to the group, I received 20 or more warm Facebook welcomes from women I had never met. Some were training for marathons, some for halfs, and some for 5Ks. I felt honored to be a part of the Sole Sisters running group and to go on 5 mile, 8 mile, 10 mile and 12 mile runs with these amazing, strong, funny, humble and undoubtedly cool women. They kept me going when I wanted to stop. They gave me strength when I quietly worried in my head that I did not have enough. They made me laugh with stories about parenting, husbands and play groups. They made it all seem easier, more fun and more rewarding.
And then I realized that I had finally found official running partners. It took me 2 years and 3 months to actually make good on my goodbye circle promise at camp. But it has been so rewarding and so good and it’s reminded me that it’s never too late to do something that you wanted to try to do. Do you have anything you committed to that you haven’t done yet? It is never too late to get out there and make it happen!
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Angie Dye is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor.
Angie holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Prior to starting her private practice, Angie worked as a Clinical Dietitian at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She also served as adjunct faculty at Loyola University in Chicago.
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