Kate and I have our best conversations on the road.
Not while we’re barreling down the highway. While we’re running together.
Late Sunday afternoon, after a busy weekend of soccer games, marching band competitions and birthday parties, we got in a two-hour long run through historic Independence. Just the two of us. (Thanks for helping with the kids, Grammy and Papa.)
It was awesome! The weather was perfect, the traffic was tolerable and the time flew by.
That’s because we talked the entire 120 minutes we were together.
I recounted the opening scenes of “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote “Seabiscuit.” I received the book as a gift several years ago and am just picking it up.
Kate described the joys and frustrations of UMKC’s Master of Social Work program. She also talked about the public school where she’s doing her social work practicum this semester.
And we had plenty of time to go through and review the week’s crazy schedule. It’s going to be a real doozy.
Running’s physical benefits are clear and unmistakable. They’re what beckoned me back to the sport three years ago.
But its magic happens when you share running with others.
Kate and I passed another runner and her dog twice tonight as we ran up and down Main Street. I commented on how neat it is to see other runners when you’re out on a route. It sparks a sense of collective camaraderie.
More than passing unknown runners on the road, though, the sport’s true communion comes through sharing it with those to whom you’re closest. What could possibly be better than running a 5k with your family? Or cheering on your daughter or son as they soldier through a cross-country meet?
Or running on a beautiful fall evening with your soulmate?
Life isn’t defined by the crazy, hectic schedules that befuddle us in today’s ever-connected world. Nor by the peaks and valleys of our professional lives.
The special moments we spend with family members and friends shape our lives’ true quality. Times when we pause, breath deeply and remember with clarity what’s truly important.
I had one of those moments Sunday evening on the road with Kate. I can’t wait for our next run together.
Kansas City Runner