Yep, you read that right. In a world of perfect selfies, getting the right angle, and finding the lighting, bein’ all nasty with your tribe is the best! The other day, while on a training run, I came across a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. The closer we got to each other, we knew that simply saying, “hello” wasn’t going to cut it. But, before we gave our friendly, “hello hug”, I heard, “I’m sorry I’m sweaty”. Now, living in Michigan, January sweat is much different than July sweat. In July, the sweat is wet. You drip. Your clothes become saturated like a sponge. In January, the sweat is confined more to your clothing. It rarely runs down your face. But, if it does, it is likely to freeze. That said…WHOA! Never apologize for sweating. I truly believe that there’s just something special about sweating with someone. You know, putting in the hard work. Loggin’ the miles. Doing hard things together pays dividends and creates unspeakable camaraderie. I think this speaks to the solid friendships that we form through running, and working out. I’ve found that my running community has challenged me and has helped me grow in ways I never thought that I could.
Running has brought me to friendships worth having. People that love you and take you as you are. Sweaty or not. It’s a pretty big blessing in so very many ways. Crissy K.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
I am grateful for that sweaty hug from my friend(s). It always reminds me that if we are comfortable with friends when we look our very worst, (messy hair, stinky, not all dolled up) that’s a true friend who sees you as you truly are. And, we need more of that! Give a sweaty hug. Go Make a difference. Always run by faith.