Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Why is it that some folks feel that if you are new to running that you have to be excluded from training for certain events? That you just aren't 'that kind of runner' YET. That you just haven't had the time to build a base YET. That you really need to have more experience and you aren't there YET. It's no wonder that some folks can be so offended and discouraged that they do not push themselves (even in a smart way) to set a goal and meet it.
Now I am a stubborn person by nature. Don't tell me 'no you can't' because I will prove to you that I most certainly can. I don't care for exclusionary, cliq-like, shake-your-pom-poms-I-am-better-than-you drama. Leave it at the door. I am not on my journey to get fit and to be confident in myself and my achievements based on a book or a class or training. Scrap that. I doubt that many of the most famous persons ever went by a textbook to get to where they are today. They did it their way (as Frank Sinatra would put it).
It's fine to give advice, but wouldn't it be nice to encourage others? Wouldn't it be nice to tell them they can make it happen and not go by the book, but give some reminders/suggestions on how to make it happen despite what the textbooks say? Why poo-poo someone who has the motivation (and if you have lost and gained weight more than once...then you know how long it can take to be ready to commit and make it happen)?
I began running in March. Some firsts for me in my first year of running:
- ran my first 5k
- ran my first 8k
- ran my first half marathon
And in 39 days, I will run my first full marathon. In my first year as a runner. Could I run faster next year? Probably. Could I be stronger next year? Probably. Will some people say 'you really aren't a runner because you don't run the whole thing'....likely so. Do I care about the naysayers? No. But I don't like the message it sends to others. It isn't positive. It isn't supportive. It's 'you're doing it wrong and what do you know anyway?' Will it stop me? Well obviously not because look at me.
So remember this, my dear folks...if YOU want to achieve it, if it matters to YOU, and YOU have it in your heart and head that it is going to happen, then do all that you can (with care, of course) to see it through. Do not take 'no' for an answer because that book over there says so.
I chose the event that I did because of my pacing. The course would be open long enough for me to achieve my goal. I had a sense of the journey and the will and tenacity to make it happen. When you have that fire in your belly and the desire to do something...make it so!