Monday, April 1, 2013

We are Runners

So here it goes… I am actually starting a blog. A running blog no doubt! I have to say, one year ago, I would have never guessed that my life would take me to this point.
When I started running in January 2012, I really never called myself a runner. It was always just “Yeah, I run.” I thought I had to be in a race, or be competitive with others to be a runner. I figured it was only for the elite, the people who really put the work in to be the best who earned the title of “runner.” I always thought it would be incredible to be one of those people who could claim the title. At this point, I could barely run a couple of miles; surely real runners were better than that. To be honest (and yes, I know how ridiculous this sounds!), I didn’t leave the treadmill for months because I was afraid I wasn’t even good enough to run on the outdoor trails with the real runners!
As I immersed myself more and more into the running community, I found that there were runners of all shapes and sizes, all on different training paths and at different points in reaching their goals. But we had one thing that unified us – we were ALL runners! Real runners! Nobody cared that I didn’t have a personal record to qualify for the Boston Marathon, or that I didn’t have a pace to rival an Olympian. All that mattered was that each day I ran I was another run stronger.
I also learned that the percentage of elite runners who compete professionally is miniscule compared to the amount of runners there are in the world. Competition with others is not a necessary requirement. The only competition is “against the little voice inside you that wants to quit.” –George Sheehan
Train for your goals, and your races, and always do your best! All that matters is that you DON’T QUIT!
“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” –John Bingham
Have you ever said “I am a runner?” Go ahead, try it on for size. 

Right after I completed my first race! Recap to come!

QOTD: Have you ever had a mental roadblock that you had to overcome in your running? If so, how did you conquer it?

4 comments

  1. Hi Lauren, Just came over to welcome you to the blogging community. I may see you at the Tower of Terror race. Hope you enjoyed the Princess Half Marathon. That was our first half in 2011!

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  2. Thank you so much, I absolutely loved the Princess Half Marathon! I hope I will see you at Tower of Terror this year! Any costume ideas yet?

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  3. Great start to the blog, keep it up!

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