While this is one of my running truths, another is that even though I often prefer to run on my own, I also love being part of a team. You don't have to run with other people every time you put your running shoes on to be inspired, and pushed forward, by others when you're out there logging miles.
But being part of a team isn't a one-way deal. It's not just about taking inspiration from your teammates, but it's about giving back to them. And I'd dare say we should give more than we take. Being there to provide them what you have to offer. They might be faster, more experienced, but you can still be there for them.
A sympathetic ear when someone's injured or struggling; celebrating their great workout or race. Both the little and the big things matter. When you're part of a team - an organized team or a team of friends - comes with that responsibility.
This weekend I had the opportunity to give back to my teammates by cheering and ringing a cowbell so hard and so long my fingers hurt. And I loved every minute of it!
How do you give back to your team? (whoever that team might be)