You lace up your sneaks && you go.
That is all there is to it.
This has been a topic of many of my conversations lately && it is something that has become quite transparent across social media. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the running community, and the the people I have become friendly with. Most of you out there are genuine and real, and respect everyone for their own unique running abilities. BUT I’ve been noticing a trend of runners posts that solely focus on how great it is, or that they are, because they are “fast”, or that they bounced back from an injury//illness at the exact same place they were at before they had to stop running, or because they can run a million marathons in a year//back to back//every weekend ((kuddos to those of you who bust your butt to get to where you are)). This is not meant to bash anyone in any way. But there is so much more to running then being the best, unless of course it’s doing your best day in and day out. And there is definitely more to running than being able to “brag” about how great you are.
I’ve always considered myself a runner since I started this awesome hobby almost three years ago, but for a very long time in my running journey I didn’t consider myself a “good runner” and it is because of those very same posts I continue to see day in and day out, as mentioned above. It is because many runners on social media make other runners feel less of themselves because they boast about their abilities daily. Or they only engage with other runners who are just as fast as them, or run marathon after marathon. But does that really make them a “good runner”? What is a good runner? Is a good runner fast? Is a good runner young? Is a good runner experienced with years of running? Is a good runner someone who has thousands of followers? Is there really such a thing as a “good runner” anyways?
Aren’t we all good runners, because we simply love to run? When I first started documenting my running journey on IG, I was embarrassed to post because of the overwhelming amount of people on there who were “better”than me. But as I continued to run, and continued to share my story, I became more confident in my abilities. I still wasn’t fast, and I could barely make it past a 5k distance, but I was feeling better and better with each run and I was making connections with people who only inspired me to continue doing my best. That is what it is all about folks. WE ARE ALL RUNNERS, because we love to run and we love to share that love with others.
So here I am writing this to remind those runners who are questioning themselves and their abilities that if you love running, you are a runner. If you step out the door, you are a runner. If it’s your first run, or your millionth run, you my friend, are a runner. If you run for pleasure or you run for competition, you are just as equally a runner. Don’t ever let the mass array of media posts swooning over how fast people are, and how many marathons they run, ever deter you from thinking you are not worthy of being a runner. Whether you run half a mile or run ultras, whether you run without stopping or you run taking walk breaks, whether you are fast or not as fast, whether you are coming off of an injury, or maybe you just had a baby ( =] ), MILES ARE MILES. You are putting one foot in front of the other and pounding the pavement. That’s the nice thing about running. It’s yours && yours alone. I said this the other day, and I am going to say it again. Running is a special kind of love. It is a one of a kind, totally unique, make your heart happy kind of love. It will never leave you, fail you, or desert you, until you decide you no longer want it. ❤