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My speed may count as

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I love looking on Pinterest in the fitness search for inspirational quotes and pictures. Today, was no different. I looked before and after I hit the pavement for an hour.

Something struck me though this evening. There is a campaign for Pearl Izumi's titled, "We are not Joggers" Because we can't post ads, I will refrain but I did a google search and found some pretty condescending ads. I then wanted to know at what speed is running so I looked it up. The general consensus is under 9 minutes, and you are a runner.

So I am a jogger. And according to the ads, I am prey. And I prance around in new trainers and clog up races. Oh, and I am a newbie.

I am not a newbie. I started running in my 20s. I ran a half marathon in 2004.
Oh, and I've "competed" in countless 5ks, some 5 milers and 1 10k. My fastest pace is 9:40 for the 5ks. My 10k pace was 10:30 minute miles.


I wear my sneaks into the ground.

I push myself on hills.

I sweat and smell bad when I get back.

Call me prey if you will. I was called "crippled" at birth and I have the scars to prove it.

But, I feel a far cry from it. I RUN. I get out there in the rain, the snow and the humidity. My routes have varied from city streets to wooded trails. It is not a passing fancy for me.

It has become such a part of me that I cannot see myself stopping anytime soon.

So instead of paying attention to those crap ads, I will instead look at John Bingham. He has said, ""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."

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MOTIV8TEDMOM23 2/26/2012 11:22AM

    Keep on running!

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MOMASAURUS 2/23/2012 1:41PM

    Apparently, they believe that people who aren't Olympic-type runners are tarnishing the sport. We are ruining the competitive aspect of it.

I look at running in that I'm competing against myself. I'm ridiculously slow, but I sweat my arse off and I push for another 30 seconds (lol) even when my leg and butt muscles begging me stop... and then I take a walk break. And I'm proud of me. =)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 2/21/2012 7:26PM

    the ads must not have been very effective considering that I never even paid a single iota of attention to them even though I've been a "runner" since 2009 and the campaign has been running since 2008! So I guess I'm not their kind of runner - thankgodhallelujah! I don't want to ever be one of *those* kinds of runners!!!!

Seriously one of my fave things about the running community is how they are all friendly and least all the ones I've met. They encourage others, they share their love, they inspire. Nowhere in those ads (that I had to google to see what they were all about) did I see anything about what I love about being a runner.

I'm with John Bingham! If I am out there challenging myself to be more than I was, then I determine who I am...not some ad and definitely not some elitist group that wants to believe that they are better than anybody else. Boo to Pearl Izumi!!

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CALLIKIA 2/21/2012 1:02PM

    I was once told, "To be a writer, all you must do is write." I apply the same to everything. "To be a runner, all you must do is run." I don't care if there's a lady in a stroller walking circles around me while I run, my body knows it as running. It's faster than I walk, and more than a "jog", therefore, it is running.

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ABETTERCHERYL 2/21/2012 12:40PM

    Oh, I love this blog so much! Yeah, that's how I feel too. If you are out there challenging yourself, you are a runner. It has nothing to do with how far or how fast you go.

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MACKIEFISMOM 2/20/2012 6:41PM

    Wow, never heard of that campaign or twisted way of thinking. The people who think you have to be super fast and wear old shoes to be a runner are obviously psycho!! If you love to run, you're a runner! Screw the speed, attire, age, weight, size, gear, and other bogus rules. RUN ON!!

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MAGPIE17 2/20/2012 11:20AM

    That ad campaign is pathetic. Screw 'em!

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TKPHOTOGIRL 2/20/2012 8:35AM

    Pearl who? Never heard of 'em! :)

You and John have it right.

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RUSSELLORAMA 2/19/2012 2:02PM

    I remember those ads. People were up in arms about them and rightfully so. Being active is something people should be commended for. Instead a business is trying to shame them and give their customers an overinflated ego at the same time.

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LEAN-N-LEXY 2/19/2012 10:18AM

    You ARE a runner. Please don't use speed to define wether you are running. It's your body mechanics of your stride and your stride rate. For example, if you and Yoovie were running the same stride rate, there is no way you would be running the same speed. But fo' dam' sho', you would both be running, sweet Mama.

I checked at those ads. Some of them are pretty discouraging to new runners. No matter what speed you are getting started with, you have to start somewhere and it's demeaning to have a footwear company belittle your efforts when you aspire to run. I like the attitude, that if you're going to take up the sport go into it with the attitude of, "I am a runner." Aim high, not low and all that, but it's pretty insulting with some of the "holier than thou" attitude towards others. I'm glad I didn't see the "prey" ones. I DID see one that said in its text that "the line between jogging and running is different for every person . And every person knows just what that is for them." I am torn about that one, because it seems to advocate the whole 'sprint now and then' of the primal lifestyle or HIIT thing that's really healthy.

So, yes, don't pay attention to the crap ads. But just run because you love the wind in your hair and the knowledge that you CAN.

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KAYZAKCX 2/18/2012 10:24PM

    I used to like Pearl Izumi. Not so sure, now. What doofuses. If they are offended by us fat slow guys, why do they make apparel in xx sizes? They're doofuses, I say.

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MEGA_MILES 2/18/2012 8:42PM

    I am not a runner .... yet. But you my friend are a runner! Run on. Ignore the ads. emoticon

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_TRIXIE_ 2/18/2012 8:29PM

  I echo what everyone else has said--the ads are total crap.

But from a different perspective, if I were a charitable race organizer, I'd be frustrated too. I imagine charity-based runs have benefitted from the increased number of runners for all their events. To "shame" people for not being real runners, that could have a negative impact on the donations. Perhaps companies like Pearl Izumi et al should instead maybe THANK us lil ol "joggers" for helping make a difference in numerous charities.

The ego of some "elite" level athletes in ANY sport totally boggles my mind. You guys keep flapping your pie hole. Mama and I are going out for a run...

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ADAMM9 2/18/2012 7:45PM

    If you run, you are a runner. That's it.

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ZOESMOM829 2/18/2012 7:41PM

    I googled those ads and it looks like they pissed a lot of people off. And those ads are ridiculous. Idiots...

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SASSAGAIN 2/18/2012 7:03PM

    Mama, I agree with you and John. If you are running, you are a runner, no matter how fast. That ad campaign sucks, and does nothing to help people who are either long time runners or new runners. Prey. Right.

Run, Mama. If you're going to let them piss you off, at least wear that anger out on the trail with your new trainers and choke up a few races while you're at it.

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