After reading Jen’s Tuesday Testimonial (https://starrunnersmemphis.com/2012/08/21/tuesday-testimonial-3/), it got me thinking. When did I start saying, “I am a runner?” I can’t put my finger on it but it happened.
I’ve written umpteen blogs about not feeling like a runner. I never understood why I felt this way. I was walking the walk and talking the talk but it was a while before I was confident enough to say, “I am a runner.” There’s such a false idea that we have in regards to what a runner looks like. All runners are tall, beautiful, and skinny. They never get red-faced, rarely sweat, and they certainly never smell bad. They’re all super fast and have also run all of their lives. Right? No? Hmmm, that’s what I thought for years 😉
I think it was after I ran my first marathon that I started calling myself a runner. Looking back, that’s nuts. I was a runner 11 years ago when I couldn’t run for miles and miles. I just didn’t realize it yet. I thought I had to meet all that criteria I listed above.
I wasn’t born a runner. I’m certainly not tall and skinny. My face turns the color of a tomato in a nano second. My asthma makes me sound like I am always on the verge of passing out. I sweat like a pig. I’m slow and will never win any races. But, you know what? I am a runner!
Are you running? Have you run this week? This month? You, too, are a runner 🙂