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."