I have a daily ritual of reaching for my phone and scrolling Twitter while I lay cozy in bed. Twitter has been especially exciting these past two weeks because my feed is chock-full of athletes following the games. Even if I miss an event I can back up the feed and get a play-by-play.
This morning I caught up on the London Olympics Men’s Marathon and read about the front-runners and amazing Meb Keflezighiin’s 4th place finish. After the finish my feed changed over and people discussed their own plans for the day. Just as I was pulling on shorts and a running tank I saw fellow Boulder runner Dave mention scrapping his mountain bike ride for a trail run because it was 60 degrees and gorgeously cool fall weather.
We quickly agreed to meet at the Doudy Draw Trailhead in 20 minutes and our tweet-up was on. I gathered gear and a handful of crackers, fed the dog and hit the road.
As we ran around the mountain we talked and laughed about our mutual love of social media. Getting to meet people that are interested in the same things (running, playing, mountains, talking about Real issues and connection between body, mind and soul) who we’ve already met through Twitter, DailyMile or blogs is like meeting a pen-pal. We already know each other’s running habits and tidbits about their personal life; the in-person interaction is a layer that deepens our mutual understanding of each other and the human spirit.
Twitter has allowed me to meet (virtually and in-person) people that I might never cross paths with in daily life. I told Dave that I would happily meet any of the fine people on my twitter feed; they’re passionate, curious, intelligent humans that talk about injury, life stresses, family, politics, current affairs, coffee and sleep. Every day it’s a new conversation and a fresh opportunity to run another day, cheer for each other and make new friends.
Cheers to Twitter and new friends! It was great to finally meet and run with with you today @dlehn, looking forward to doing it again soon.