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I AM A RUNNER


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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

I AM A RUNNER because my runs have names. I do tempo runs and threshold runs and fartlek runs. I do long, slow runs and track workouts. My runs are defined, even if my abs are not.

I AM A RUNNER because my shoes are training equipment, not a fashion statement. The best shoe for me is the one that makes me a better runner. I choose the shoe that goes with my running mechanics, not my running outfit.

I AM A RUNNER because I don’t have running outfits. I have technical shirts and shorts and socks. I have apparel that enhances the experience of running by allowing me to run comfortably. I can say “Coolmax” and “Gore-Tex” in the same sentence and know which does what.

I AM A RUNNER because I know what effort feels like, and I embrace it. I know when I’m pushing the limits of my comfort and why I’m doing it. I know that heavy breathing and an accelerated heart rate–things I once avoided–are necessary if I want to be a better runner.

I AM A RUNNER because I value and respect my body. It will whisper to me when I’ve done too much. And if I choose to listen to that whisper, my body won’t have to scream in pain later on.

I AM A RUNNER because I am willing to lay it all on the line. I know that every finish line has the potential to lift my spirits to new highs or devastate me, yet I line up anyway.

I AM A RUNNER because I know that despite my best efforts, I will always want more from myself. I will always want to know my limits so that I can exceed them.

I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far.

I AM A RUNNER because I say I am. And no one can tell me I’m not.

- John Bingham
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DIANTAR 9/19/2012 2:58PM

    I am a runner too! Thank you for this emoticon

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KKTODAY 9/7/2012 10:13AM

    "I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. "

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SWEDE_SU 9/7/2012 4:13AM

    oh yes: I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far.

thank you for that!

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ESME25 9/6/2012 10:02AM

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NIKO27 9/6/2012 6:46AM

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JUSTJAC2 9/5/2012 2:21PM

    "I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. " I have this taped to my monitor. I look at it all the time, and especially when people ridicule my finish times. I'm slow and I know it. And I am a runner.


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LORELLELAURA 9/5/2012 3:45AM

    love that :-)

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SHERYL_B 9/4/2012 8:23PM

    emoticon you go girl!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/4/2012 8:23PM

    YOU ARE A RUNNER!

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LIVEDAILY 9/4/2012 7:03PM

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Great philosophy!!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/4/2012 6:30PM

    And you are a runner because you're you, and you're wonderful! emoticon

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KBRADFORD88 9/4/2012 5:33PM

    Looooove the penguin

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JUNEAU2010 9/4/2012 3:31PM

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FANTASTIC!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/4/2012 3:21PM

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SNOWYOGA 9/4/2012 2:13PM

    Great blog and keep on truckin! emoticon emoticon

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MARYSUE39 9/4/2012 2:04PM

  Awesome! I love this line - "My runs are defined, even if my abs are not."

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PEACOCK15 9/4/2012 1:50PM

    This is great! Wish I had stumbled upon this when I began running a year and a half ago...first race had a pretty big devastion, but my next one propelled me on. Can't wait to get back into it after I'm done with the medical issues!
Thanks for sharing and Keep on Running!!
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ACICEDA 9/4/2012 1:39PM

    Now that's inspiring! Good on you. Congrats on this success and your future ones. I'm printing this out and hanging it in my cubicle at work. AWESOME!

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COOP9002 9/4/2012 1:30PM

    Awesome!!

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CINDHOLM 9/4/2012 1:07PM

    Excellent Blog!! Great Information!!

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PEGGYO 9/4/2012 12:56PM

    very good

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LEB0401 9/4/2012 12:52PM

    This is great! It's a drizzly day and I was considering calling off my run.. but not anymore!!

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PATTISTAMPS 9/4/2012 12:38PM

    Yes, you are a runner! Keep on runnin'! emoticon

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TROMIE 9/4/2012 12:24PM

    I absolutely love this! I feel the same way! WE ARE RUNNERS!!!

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GUITARWOMAN 9/4/2012 12:14PM

    Great blog!




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JUSTYNA7 9/4/2012 12:08PM

    I liked this.

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/4/2012 12:07PM

    John Bingham is my hero--he is one of the people who gave me the courage to start running. Made it extra special when he called me out by name at the Seattle Rock'n'Roll Marathon after I sat in on a couple of his talks at the expo! Thanks for the reminder--we ARE runners!!

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AMBER281 9/4/2012 12:00PM

    Great blog!
Thanks for sharing.

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LAMDRRNM 9/4/2012 11:50AM

  John Bingham's great. "Waddle On"!

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HFAYE81 9/4/2012 11:48AM

    Woo hoo! Don't you just love The Penguin? emoticon emoticon

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TARANITUP 9/4/2012 11:43AM

    Right on!!!

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DONNA5281 9/4/2012 11:43AM

 

Great blog!



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REGILIEH 9/4/2012 11:39AM

    That is you!!!

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/4/2012 11:34AM

    I felt like this was pointed at me : p I like it.

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SHERYLDS 9/4/2012 11:19AM

    great blog

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LIZALOT 9/4/2012 11:16AM

    Good for you!!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/4/2012 11:14AM

    So cool, and so true! [Though I must admit, I'm going to have to google "fartlek." And try really hard to stop giggling at the funny word that spells "fart" in the first half...;)]

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POISONGIRL999 9/4/2012 11:12AM

    Exactly! Great blog

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MIGURLINNC 9/4/2012 10:52AM

    LOVE IT!!! emoticon emoticon

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CLUTTRELL8 9/4/2012 10:21AM

    Your blogs are so inspirational. Thanks for sharing them with us!

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