I Love Runners

For seven years in D.C., I never felt like I was part of a community.

I had lots of friends, but all from different groups, and I wasn’t part of something that united me with people with common interests.

A key part to my happiness in New York is being part of multiple communities where I feel comfortable and accepted and have things in common with people.

Running. Blogging. Junior League.

After my run yesterday, I met up with Laura for a drink (or three?) before heading over to Leticia’s to hang out with a big group of runners and drink sangria and eat guac.


Go to Agave. They have the best margaritas ever.

After staying up chatting until 2am with my friends, I had a hard time rallying this morning to meet up with a group of friends for a run this morning. We were meeting by the Apple store on 5th Ave and running to Queens for brunch. Thanks to Kristin for organizing!


I ran with Ashley the entire time and we chatted and caught up.


We ran to Queens Comfort for a fun brunch. Best part about this place? It’s BYOB!

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I had the Egg McRuffin: bechamel, smoked bacon, cheddar and fontina on an English muffin with TATER TOTS.

It was such a fun low-key weekend, and I’m really grateful for such an awesome running community in New York.

What sort of communities are you involved in?

22 comments on “I Love Runners

  1. Heather

    I joined Team In Training when I moved to San Fran in 2008, purely to make friends. It was such an awesome experience that now I’m on my 3rd season and love the group of people you meet through each season. Makes you feel part of a family!

  2. MegG

    I also really love the running community! I wouldn’t have met many of my friends, my husband or have so much in common with some of my co-workers who are also runners. We just get each other!

  3. Fiona Jesse

    Running is an awesome physical activity which keeps you fit as well as active. It does boost your energy to next level.Great to know these type of communities are existing to enjoy social gathering and also health conscious.

  4. Michelle

    Does the military community help? In the last 5 years I have lived in 4 different countries and 3 states so it’s hard meeting lasting friends. We move way too much but that is about to slow down. I was thinking about joining a running club here in Colorado but the times they run interfere with when I have to work 🙁

  5. Emily @ FitMamaInTheCity

    I love runners, there’s just a great bond that comes with an intense workout. Hoping to meet new runner friends here in NYC soon! =/

    I also love the mom community in the neighborhood. Babies make friends and we get adult talk. And I don’t feel so crazy when I learn other babies steal food off of their parents’ plates either

  6. Kimberly @ Healthy Strides

    It’s pictures like that, of brunch, that make me jealous I don’t live in a more metro area. Blerg. Anyway, I’ve lived in my city for 8 years, and my aunt just recently asked if I felt a part of the community. I could have never said it about where I lived before but I didn’t hesitate to say yes. The tell tale sign is I have friends outside of work and see people out and about. Running has a bit part of it, and every year, I feel more and more a part of that community. It’s awesome.

  7. fiona

    I’m just getting to know the NYC running community, but you are right – it is awesome! Having a community of people who get what you are trying to achieve and why it’s important to you is amazing and encouraging. Here’s to more brunches 🙂

  8. Dori

    I feel like I have a community at Refine classes now. I never thought that would happen but I love feeling part of the group of regulars there. I’m also peripherally in the running community although I don’t participate as much as I’d like. I never found anything in college that I cared about and so I didn’t really have friends. It’s amazing how finding what you love brings you to people you actually like.

    1. Theodora

      @Dori: In college, I was on the newspaper, but I didn’t have much in common with the people other than that we were all journalism majors, so I wasn’t close with them.

  9. Jenny

    I am in junior league too! That is where I have met all of my best and life long friends. Everyone in junior league is always there for advice and info. I am headed to NYC in April. I would love to hear about places you recommend especially restaurants or other unique things to do. I will have my kids but they are 7 and 10 and are pretty adventurous.

  10. Jessica R

    Running to brunch sounds fantastic. I really need to find a community to be a part of. I’ve always seemed to be on the outskirts of the group. I would like to fix that one of these days.

  11. Caitlin

    I love the running community too. There’s no better way to connect with other like-minded people and feel true kinship. Runners understand one another in a way the rest of the world can’t. It’s great to hear that you found true friendship in that community.

  12. Kate M.

    hands down, best brunch spot in astoria. if you ever go again and the crab cake benedict is on the menu GET IT. or get the breakfast burrito. just get anything on the menu, seriously.


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