“If you are standing with other women in a circle and there is woman standing in your circles vicinity. The thing to do is notice her, smile at her, move over a bit and say “Hi, come join us”. Even if she decide not to join your circle. Even if she looks at you like you are crazy. Inviting her is still the thing to do. Widen your circles. All the time.
Horseshoes are better than circles. Leave space. Always leaves space. Horseshoes of friends > circle of friends. Life can be lonely. Stand in horseshoes.”
I have the privilege of being part of a group of phenomenal women called The Pack – an all-women’s running group in the heart of Johannesburg.
Outside of watching women break boundaries and smash goals they never dreamt they would. Outside of watching women wake up and show up on the coldest mornings after having had the toughest week. I have found my heart opened, moved and flipped upside down by the spirit of sisterhood that has been birthed on the road. Women making room for other women to join the circle in the simple: “hello, how are you?, See you next weekend. Or my favourite “You smashed it today. You running has improved so much“. Someone sees you, takes note of you, wants the best for you (no string attached), cheering you on. Someone is making room for you.
My heart has been undone by watching The Pack gang sacrifice their personal goals to help encourage another who is either running for the first time or is not having such a great run that day
I have been humbled and startled by The Pack gang stepping up and gracefully taking the lead on days when there aren’t enough pacers.
The fire in my belly has been rekindled by The Pack gang staying behind to have unplanned coffee dates and engage in warm, raw, hilarious and authentic conversation.
We are more than a running club. More than a cool Saturday vibe. More than a women’s movement. More than a close-knit sisterhood. We are horseshoes. We leave space. We create space for more and more women to join and take the journey with us. Some stay. Some go. Some never come back. And it’s okay. The important thing is to know that at The Pack, there is always room for one more. There is always room for you, whoever you are, wherever you are. The door is always left ajar. Because at my Pack, your Pack, our Pack, we stand in horses.
It’s the heartbeat of who we are.