Monday, 4 September 2017

"YOU AREN'T A REAL RUNNER...SO WHY ARE YOU WRITING A RUNNING BLOG?"


Ahhh...the inevitable question! 

Well… I am afraid my answer to this is very simple. I run…therefore I am a runner. Am I fast? Nope (but speeds are improving 😉) Am I a professional Athlete? Wait.. you didn’t know? Of course I’m not. I am just a girl who has fallen in love with running, I run 4-6 times per week and runners high is a real thing, so I like to get myself some of that once in a while!

I saw a post recently on the London Marathon’s Facebook page about someone who had completed the race this year. Someone had commented on this stating that that person is not a real runner because they did not complete the marathon in a 'runners' time. This led to big debates, and I couldn’t stop myself from reading them and just thinking, this poor runner who had probably put in so much training, so much determination, so much mental and physical strength to run 26.2 miles, had just been brought down by one or two other runners all because they didn’t make a ‘good for age’ time or get a BQ. How ridiculous! Some people only run a marathon once, some 10 a year and some never at all and just stick to 5ks, well guess what…they all run…so can be called runners!

Don't get me wrong, sometimes I feel like I don't belong on the roads plodding away, and can't help but compare myself to other runners who are faster and can run further. Everyone has 'bad' running days, but that's all part of the journey, and 95% of the time I believe in my capabilities and try to be positive. 

I am not claiming to be a professional runner, it’s just something I love to do, and I want to share this journey with others alike, or perhaps inspire those who think they can’t run, that they actually can! I aim to become a better runner with each run I do, but at the end of the day, it's just a hobby of mine!

“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.” John Bingham

Livvy

Here are two other articles I enjoyed reading which also discuss this debate. 

Who decides whether or not you are a 'real' runner?

Not a real runner? Here's why I don't believe you!

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