It is no secret that I’m not a natural born runner. These days I’m almost embarrassed to whisper that I’m a runner since I can’t even run a whole mile without stopping. But I’m a runner. Why? Because I run. A runner can be anybody. There are no resumes, interviews, or applications for runners. You just run.
Most races always have a front, middle, and back of the pack.
The front are the elites. Those that can complete the race, do their cool down, and change clothes before the mid pack even thinks about getting to the finish line. The ones that usually take home the awards. The ones that get credited for being a “real runner”.
The middle of the packers are still fast (by my standards) and can usually pull out some age group wins. These people work hard putting in mileage during the week even if running doesn’t come naturally to them. Middle packers are often more easy to relate to since they probably haven’t spent their whole lives running.
Then there is the back of the pack. That is where you can find me. Those who work very hard at something that doesn’t come easy. Those who are out there on the race course the longest, working just as hard as those who finished first. These are the inspiring ones. The people who took every ounce of confidence they had just to register for the race. These are the people I like.
not in the back of the back on that day.
Don’t get me wrong…no matter if you are a front, middle or back pack person, you are still a boss and still out there getting it. You are still a runner. Anyone that runs, no matter how far or fast, is a runner.
Runners come from all walks of life and everyone runs for different reasons. Some run as therapy, some to lose weight, others just because they are good at it. No matter the reason, they still run.
I am just as impressed with someone able to complete a marathon in 8 hours as I am with someone who wins it in 2:30. They both had courage to cross that start line and they both stayed out there until the job was done. No matter the pace, age, looks, or mileage…a runner is a runner. Point blank.So…you tell me. What is a runner?
ever just feel like running? Old photo from when I lost weight.