|Tortoise and Hare, Copley Square, Boston|
When I talk about training for the marathon with other people, they always assume I'm a fast runner. Isn't 26.2 miles enough? I have to be fast, too?
I've blogged about how it feels to be a very slow runner. My first post ever, "I am a penguin," was about me just starting out with a training group (before any races!) and how slow I was. I hated being slow, but then a stress fracture in my leg taught me that speed isn't really important.
But it's hard to face the comments - "You aren't a runner, you are a jogger," or "how can you run that slow? you might as well walk" - and the fact that when we started, the training group didn't even have a coach for the marathoners for our pace group or any slower pace (yet they had one for the walkers and the run/walkers).
Then my husband tells me, "Get over it." Really, I think I have. I'm in a great pace group with other people at the same level, and they are a lot of fun and very supportive. It's really all about finishing the race for us. Slow and steady gets us to the finish line. That's how we win.
So my message is for the rest of you who don't think you can run or that you are too slow to be a runner - Get over it! You are runners, and you can do it, and you will be glad you did!
I'll leave you with some words of wisdom from others:
- from Runner's World Magazine Quote of the Day: "I often hear people say 'I’m not a real runner.' We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I've never met a fake runner." —RW's Chief Running Officer, Bart Yasso
- I am not a jogger. " I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. I AM A RUNNER because I say I am. And no one can tell me I'm not."
- "You might be a penguin if......you have to politely (for the third time) tell the men in the police car moving behind you that no you do not wish for a ride...[or] ...during a race, you keep turning around to see if there is still anybody behind you."
- Find your inner penguin.
- On my husband's running closet door (yes he has a running closet -where do you think all his shoes go?): "Every run is a gift. Run long, run strong." - Ryan Hall.
Now off to bed so I am ready for my 8 miles in the morning. Happy running!