I’ve been running lately.
Just a little bit – getting back into it – I wasn’t planning on saying anything until I was regularly running 5k distances and more.
But I have this super inspiring group of friends, and they make me smile big each and every day. We are virtual sherpas.
The sherpa thing started with Lindsay, who is a sherpa for her husband James, a professional athlete. Then there is Jess, who is training for a marathon with her husband. On facebook and instagram, sherpa-ing came up, as Jess was planning a 20 mile run the next morning. Several of us commented, saying we were going to be out running, and we would cheer them on, we would be virtual sherpas.
So on a crisp cool morning last week in the bay area, I ran with Jess, Jolene, Lindsay, Heather, Sarena, and Dorry. We were sherpas for Jess and her husband. We tweeted and facebooked and instagrammed, and now it’s become kind of a thing.
I cannot thank these dear friends enough for their support, encouragement, inspiration. I recently said “I used to be a runner” and Heather shushed me on that one – saying we’re all runners, that passion defines a runner, not mileage.
Heather is so wise.
I have met Lindsay in person, and she is a dear friend. The other girls – I consider all of them dear friends, and know I will meet them someday (all at once would be awesome, but very loud, I suspect…)
That is the awesome and unexpected perk of being part of this crazy world of social media – you meet extremely cool people.
You find inspiration everywhere. You learn and grow and share.
Another inspiring source of learning and good food? My friend Sarah. Source of learning not just because she’s a teacher.
Sarah makes awesome peanut butter, Sarah makes awesome hummus. I made this recipe of hers, and it was gone in a day and a half. This is now one of my favorite flavors of hummus, and I will make it often. Lemon is one of my favorite flavors and is always added to my hummus, but miso? Genius. Salty lemony genius.
Sarah’s lemon miso hummus. Run over there and make it. I’ll be your sherpa.