9/30/07

thought for the day...

stolen from runner's world and John Bingham... I AM A RUNNER because my runs have names. I do tempo runs and threshold runs and fartlek runs. I do long, slow runs and track workouts. My runs are defined, even if my abs are not. I AM A RUNNER because my shoes are training equipment, not a fashion statement. The best shoe for me is the one that makes me a better runner. I choose the shoe that goes with my running mechanics, not my running outfit. I AM A RUNNER because I don't have running outfits. I have technical shirts and shorts and socks. I have apparel that enhances the experience of running by allowing me to run comfortably. I can say "Coolmax" and "Gore-Tex" in the same sentence and know which does what. I AM A RUNNER because I know what effort feels like, and I embrace it. I know when I'm pushing the limits of my comfort and why I'm doing it. I know that heavy breathing and an accelerated heart rate--things I once avoided--are necessary if I want to be a better runner. I AM A RUNNER because I value and respect my body. It will whisper to me when I've done too much. And if I choose to listen to that whisper, my body won't have to scream in pain later on. I AM A RUNNER because I am willing to lay it all on the line. I know that every finish line has the potential to lift my spirits to new highs or devastate me, yet I line up anyway. I AM A RUNNER because I know that despite my best efforts, I will always want more from myself. I will always want to know my limits so that I can exceed them. 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. and now i'm off to waddle a half :)

5 comments:

meredi said...

Good luck tomorrow Marie! I'll be rooting for you! (In my dreams, that is, as I just got back from Nuit Blanche and am about to crash!)

soap box girl said...

Great. I'm crying now.

Good luck today! I can't wait to hear how it went!

half-miler said...

but let's not kid ourselves...you're not about to purchase ugly performance shoes, are you? :)
you've obviously done anything but settle by purchasing cute-ass red on white runners that tear through 13 miles like it ain't no thang but a chicken wing.
werrrk.

Angie All The Way said...

My fav: I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far.

That gives me hope. :-)

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

I am only a runner if a psychopath with a knife is chasing me.

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