They build strength in your muscles to outlast pain.
They build strength in your heart to endure long durations of stress.
They make you feel stronger than you’ve ever had before.
But they’ll give you more than just physical strength.
They give you a mental boost.
Going on long runs with friends give you over an hour of uninterrupted time together.
No cell phones, just miles. And miles.
So you start talking.
Sometimes talks transform to rants.
(And your pace may get unintentionally faster)
Sometimes rants transform to your life concerns and worries.
But in those miles you have someone to talk to,
someone to confide in.
Someone that will tell you what you need to hear.
And before you know it, the long run is over.
Your legs feel tired.
You’re ready to chug some Gatorade.
But you’re happy.
And you’re grateful for a running buddy.
And that’s what makes you come back for another long run.
Another 10, 11 or 12 miles.
It doesn’t seem so long when you know that the miles that lie ahead of you are full of life, talking, and friendship.