Are you running to be fit and strong? Do you run races just to finish? Are you in competition with yourself…and maybe the person in front of you? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are a runner like me
I am what you might call a casual runner, or a “so-so serious” runner. I compete with myself. I don’t focus on breaths per 3 strides. (How does one count steps and breathe and run??) I don’t calculate VO2 max or increase my pace by 3% on interval days. I just run. I know when I need to run hard and fast, and when I need to run slow and steady. I try not to analyze it too much. I like to keep it simple.
Don’t get me wrong, I obviously love the sport (or why would I be writing about it) and I love reading about the latest and greatest updates on training, but I prefer not to complicate things with statistics and percentages. Running is simply just putting one foot in front of the other…no offense coaches. (As if coaches are reading this blog.) 🙂
I want to inspire and motivate runners of all abilities, to be the best runner they can be. But let’s face it, I’m not going to the Olympics, or want to for that matter. Personally, I would love to qualify for Boston, will I ?, probably not. :-/. And that is okay. I run to stay fit, feel strong, better myself, de-stress, and of course… eat more. I am pretty sure most of you are running for the same reasons. We are not out there to break any records, except maybe our own personal record (PR). We run our own race.
I started this blog because I want to share what I know and love (hate) about running, hoping to inspire others to run…walk, hike, cycle, do yoga… to just be healthy. I believe everyone can be a runner (and want them to be), but I get that some people just are not runners (and don’t want to be). So while this is primarily a blog about running, I want you to be the best you that you can be.
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As you can see there are many different kinds of runners and if you go to a race you will see that first hand. Runners come in all shapes, sizes and ages. Don’t underestimate the white-haired man or woman next to you, he/she could finish before you! 🙂
Embrace the runner in you and know that it’s not about winning races, it’s about running your own race. If you run, then you are a runner!
I hope you found something useful in this post. Please come back soon for more tips and inspiration!