As runners we are minorities. As competitive athletes training together in order to actually race fast and/or improve our team we sometimes alienate ourselves from the masses that just can’t relate: “What! You’re already skinny and you run 10-20 miles a day?” “You aren’t just running to lose weight or ‘finish’ a marathon?” The average non-runner prods in disbelief. Facing opposition, our resistance to conform to the “average” sedentary lifestyle is an attribute that bands us together. We overcome our labels of being “crazy” and obsessive because at least we have each other to share in celebrating and promoting our sport!