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A Runner Runs

published on 01.20.17

A Runner Runs

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the fitness journey I've been on the past few years. In that post, I promised to provide periodic updates on my health and fitness, so here we go ...

As I'm sure you know if you've read my posts on this subject before, I've taken up running as my go-to exercise.

Now, since I started this whole running thing several years ago, where I've struggled the most is in actually considering myself a runner. It took a while for me to classify what I'm doing as "running." I mean, I'm certainly not the quickest person or the lightest on my feet.

Even after finishing four half-marathons, a couple of 10K races and countless 5Ks, I'm still a bit self-conscious about getting in the way of the "real runners."

I've always liked this quote by famed running coach John Bingham:

"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."

And you know what, even if I'm not the fastest one out there, at least I'm out there. I many not be the quickest, but I don't quit and I'm always striving to get better. So, yes, I am a runner.

This year, in an effort to become a better runner, I'm trying something new. I've "joined" a local, informal running group that meets to train and run together. I realize, to be a better runner, I have to run with better runners. People who are going to push me and support me — and I do believe I've found that group.

So far this month, I've logged 34.5 miles, which is only 6.29 miles shy of my running total for the entire month of January last year. Needless to say, all my extra motivation this year is working so far. Stay tuned ...


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