I have found that running crosses so many lines. No matter what I might or might not have in common with someone, if we both run, we instantly have a connection.
Today I ran with my friend, Joan. She is only ten years older than I am, but is in a completely different place in her life. This morning she excitedly told me that her son's wife had another baby early this morning. I forget she is a grandmother. When we run, we are both just two women- two runners enjoying each other's company.
A few months ago, I was running with another woman who decided not to train for a marathon with us because she was hoping to get pregnant in the next year. One running partner beginning her parenting life and another whose parenting role involves spoiling her grandchildren. Yet we all have common ground.
I follow a lot of blogs (and due to that fact am not as consistent as I would like to be at commenting) and I follow such a wide array of people. But I find I have something in common with all of them. I follow grandmothers, newlyweds and singles. There are moms like me, some around the same age, and others much younger.
Lately, it seems like I am meeting runners everywhere. I don't know if it is because everyone is running or if I just tend to meet runners. I think it is the former, to be honest. I talk to a lot of people who are new to running. It is great!