I realized recently why there is such a draw to running for people of all shapes and sizes. I participated in a 5K race as part of a volunteer “running buddy” for an organization called “Girls on the Run.” This organization goes into schools and promotes physical activity, self esteem and a love for running to young girls. As I crossed the finish line with my new 9 year old buddy, Liz, we were being cheered for by hundreds of people. I thought to myself, “how cool is this?! We just ran a 5K in 45 minutes and people are still cheering for us?!” That’s awesome. It made me think about all the races I’ve ever done. By no means am I the fastest runner, winning any races. However, every time I have ever finished a race (no matter the distance or the time), people cheer! For me! And I thought, for most of us, we stopped getting cheered for after about high school, unless maybe we were a college athlete. But for the rest of us regular people, when in your adult life does anyone cheer, scream and go crazy for you? Rarely, if ever. So I thought, “What a cool sport running is.” It makes me feel special and famous, if even just for a brief moment as I cross the finish line. So, to you fans out there: you know who you are. The ones who bring your cow bells and pom poms out to our races, thank you for making me feel famous.