Are you a runner? Yes, anyone who runs is a runner, you don’t have to be fast, you don’t have to run a marathon to be a runner. Anyone who gets out and runs is a runner! While we may move at different speeds or cover different distances we still share the same experiences.
- The joy of running 1 mile for the first time without stopping, or 3 miles or 10 miles!
- The excitement of running a personal best, of finishing a race
- The struggle of trying to get out the door when you are tired, or not wanting to get up early to workout
- The challenge of balancing life, work, family, commitments while still finding time to carve out that little bit of time for yourself.
- Trying to find motivation when you have none.
- The solitude of going for a run by yourself, and the feeling of belonging when you join up with friends for a run
- The challenge of resisting that piece of cake or scoop of ice cream because you know you have worked hard to lose a couple of pounds
- The frustration of going for the run and your legs feel like they are made of bricks
- The challenge of getting out the door
- The joy of new running shoes
- The runner’s high (and the runner’s low)
- The frustration of an injury
- Freezing your butt off in the winter at the start of a run, then realizing you wore too much clothing!
- Cursing the heat and humidity of Eastern NC
- The intimidation of being around someone we know is considerable faster
- Worrying about that dog running out of a yard trying to chase you down!
We all have different motivations for running, different goals. But I think in all of us there is something that we all have in common. It is a drive to prove something to ourselves, and maybe the desire to have people looks at us like we are nuts!