Mommy Hobbies running: all runners are different not all runners look alike running
by Mommy Hobbies
In my napsack stash
Wow day three of thoughts from a sore runner.
I have to say that after running my half-marathon my
perspective judgmental attitude changed drastically. While I was waiting there in my corral, rubbing shoulders with all the other eager runners I can’t say that I was rubbing shoulders with avid athletes or people with ideal bodies. No. We were all average. Some were a little heavier than others, there was one really chipper lady who was joking and creating such a cheery atmosphere and she was my grandmother’s age (my grandmother who passed, God rest her). Grant it, the closer you got to the finish line the look of the runners changed, that was where the more elite runners were.
The corrals a little farther back housed runners of all shapes and sizes.
I looked around and smiled because I was staring at people who were just like me. People who loved to run. We were all the same in that sense. We weren’t there to be the fastest or the strongest, we were there to finish. We were there to achieve a goal, or to run with a friend who convinced us it was possible, no matter what our brain tried to tell us, we were there to run for a cause, we were there to prove ourselves wrong — we were all there.
While I was running through each mile, my partners changed, for a while it was a tall, lean girl in a green sun dress, then it was a short older lady who was overweight but moving at a pretty good clip, and for most of the race I was staring at the back of a muscular man clad in a red tank top, dripping in sweat. Toward the end, I ran mile 12 with a man who was shorter than I was and who had never run that far in his life.
See? So, don’t think that you don’t have the *ideal body* or you *can’t* do it, because that’s really, really not true. There were people out there who did not fit the mold of a *runner*. And they didn’t have to, why? Because running is for everyone. Everyone. So, get out there and start moving it, start making strides toward the finish line in your health goal. Go at your pace, set a little goal, run 30 seconds, walk 2 minutes or run to the third light pole, walk for one. Don’t look at it as 13.1 miles, look at it in small segments that you conquer and in the end all add up to 13 point stinkin’ 1 miles!
Oh, do you like my runner bling?