I seem to be constantly talking about running in my post, but I want to make sure that everyone understands that I am for the most part referring to moving, not running. I firmly believe that most people today need to move more to be healthier. I don’t just mean physical health, but also mental health. Getting outside and moving gives a person time to process life. Doing it with friends give you a chance to build relationships.
I learned not too long ago that one of the most powerful statements you can make to a person is “Me too!”. It is tough for a person to open up about the things in their life that they struggle with. We all have our stuff though. Some people it’s addictions, other depression or it could be a simple as embarrassment over letting themself go. When you build relationships with people and eventually open up and share your struggles, whatever they are, you will be amazed out powerful the healing can be. Opening up to someone about something and hearing the words “Me too!” coming back at you is amazing. You just found someone that either has gone through the same thing or maybe even is currently going through it. Now you have someone that you can lean on to get through the situation.
Not many sports lend themselves as well to building relationships as running and walking. When you play basketball for a couple hours you may learn the other names, but that is about it. The action just doesn’t lend itself to being able to build relationships. With running and walking you get to have real conversations about each others lives. This is what leads to those “Me too!” moments. I have said many times since starting Run Richmond that I want this to build community, but that isn’t just to have more people to run with. That is so that more people can connect with each other on real levels. The types of connections that are going to make people better. Better physically and better mentally.
If this sounds like something that you want to be part of, jump into the conversation. Join us on a group run/walk. Send me a message and let me know that you want to get involved somehow. I have lots of ideas and only a certain amount of time. I would love to have more people that are passionate about building community through relationships involved in Run Richmond. Just let me know what you are thinking and maybe I will say “Me too!”