"You are not a REAL runner if..."
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Have you ever heard a self-proclaimed "real" runner talk about all the things that makes one a "real" runner? Or vice-versa?
For example...you aren't a REAL runner, according to some circles, if:
1. You listen to music while you run
2. You talk walk breaks during your run
3. You run less than XX miles per week
4. You run wearing yoga pants
5. You run at too slow a pace (say, for example, 10 mins per mile or more).
Well, I'm here to say I've heard all these rules and I've broken them all, too. And these "rules" are total crap. Don't listen to them.
Last night I huffed and puffed my usual 2 miles out. While wearing headphones. And yoga pants. And I took two walk breaks. And I ran at an average pace of 11:45 per mile (including my two walk breaks). And I've only run 6 miles so far this week.
Yep, I'm breaking all the rules. And you know what? I'm still a "REAL" runner, and proud of it. Why? Because I run. Last time I checked, that's the only thing that really makes you a runner - you run. I may not run fast. I may wear yoga pants because I'm self-conscious about my cellulite showing in shorts. I may run with headphones so that I can't hear how hard I'm breathing. I may take walk breaks after - and only after - I've conquered that giant hill on Johnson Drive. But I'm running. I'm getting out there. I'm challenging myself. I'm trying to run faster, longer and better. I may be making slow progress, but I'm making progress. I'm a runner. I run. In fact, I plan on running again tonight. And this weekend. And next week. In fact, I think I'm going to run all the way to Maintenanceville.