Happy Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day!
"Even if I don't understand why you do it, I appreciate and recognize your effort."
THANK YOU!! Most of the time we (runners) block out the world around us and get into 'the ZONE' when we are running hard and racing, but we'd be lying if we said it didn't make a difference, it wasn't an extra incentive, to see someone we care about and love on the sidelines cheering or at the finish waiting for us with extended arms...willing to hug us even if we look like we just got out of a shower at an OLD SHOE graveyard. Sometimes there is no need for words! Just having you there, to share that moment, that milestone, that accomplishment, or that defeat....is MORE THAN ENOUGH!
I must admit though...the only thing better than finishing a race into the arms of a running partner, teammate, unconditional best friend, enamored boyfriend, or supportive husband...is having the love of your life run right into your arms as they finish with their eyes set on you as they push through the final steps, with a smile that instantly becomes fossilized in the deepest, most sacred, part of your soul, in a fraction of time where it seems as if TIME STANDS STILL.