April 9, 2015 was a life changing day for me. It was the day I was matched with my #IRun4 buddy, Aiden,
Since that day, my running has done a 360.
Pre-Aiden, my running was all about: How much faster can I get. Can I PR this race? Can I AG (Age Group) place?
Let’s face it, running can be a very selfish sport. A lot of us train solo. We have our own thoughts while we train. There’s nobody else to distract us with conversation…it can be (if you let it) be all about yourself.
Back in 2014 I had heard about the IRun4Michael program. I had other running friends who had been matched with their buddies. I witnessed the relationships between themselves and their buddies and buddies families. It was an amazing thing to watch!
I started doing some online research about this program and decided it was something of which I needed to be a part. I filled out the forms and was placed on the waiting list to be matched with my very own buddy!
Over the moon excited doesn’t come close to telling you how I felt!
There is a loooonnng wait to be matched with your buddy! Thinking back, I waited between 7-8 months before I was matched with Aiden. It was love at first sight!
Aiden was my buddy. I was his runner and I wanted more than anything else to make him proud!
My running changed.
Now don’t get me wrong! I still had goals! I still registered for some crazy races BUT the overall objective was to earn some bling for my buddy.
Aiden is my hero. He is the Best-est!!! He deserves every single piece of bling I can earn for him and I do my best to get it for him. I don’t want him to regret having me as his runner.
When we were matched, he was 3.5 years old and here he is working his way towards being 6 years old! My buddy is growing up!!! It’s so hard to believe~he’s getting so big! I’m so proud of him!!!
This coming Sunday, April 9, Aiden and I will celebrate our 2 year “Matchiversary.” Two years ago we became running buddies.
I wouldn’t change a thing.
I’ll run my heart out for this guy. He really IS the best-est!
Happy Matchiversary, Aiden!!!