Real Runners are Just That

I told myself I would contemplate the “I’m not a real runner” quote as I ran my half-marathon this past weekend (I’m Not a Real Runner). So I let the question roll around in my mind for a couple of days–while camping, during the 13 mile run, and at the post-race party and awards.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I don’t run many races, but when I do, I invariably encounter¬†and interact with many members of my local running club. I started running about five years ago and joined the running club about a year after that. I was nervous, for sure. I didn’t know much about running in general and I knew nothing of running clubs. What did they do? Did they all go out and run together? It was going to be impossible for me to run with a group, to move along at their speed and stay with them. At the time, I didn’t realize that there are several different paces within any group of runners. I thought it would be their pace–the pace of the group–and my pace. But I heard about it and I wanted to meet some other runners and I wanted to stay motivated, so I showed up, out of the blue one evening, to a weekly trail run.

I think it may be the bravest thing I’ve ever done.

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