Now on the flip side of this coin, the coast to coast relays that are popping up in every state, allow runners to be a part of a team. When you run well, your team is there to share in that joy with you. When you don’t run well, and your team is like my relay team, you get a pat on the back and a praise for doing your best. Sometimes, you don’t even give that praise to yourself. But that’s what the team spirit is all about.
The relays have provided a way for lots of us to stop thinking solely about our own goals and think about how our running applies to a team. Last year at Ragnar I pushed myself harder than I think I would have had I been in the race alone. I want to make sure that my team does well and I feel good about my contributions, decorations or otherwise.
Even more than doing well, I want to look out for my teammates. They are my friends and running buds, so I like to make sure everyone is happy and safe. And the beauty of the team is that I know they are doing the same for me.
As it is less than 24 hours to race time, today, I’m thankful for the Ragnar Relay. Without it, I wouldn’t get to spend 25 plus hours with a group I am happy to call teammates and of course, friends.
What are you thankful for today?