I am a real runner
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Last night while out for my run the wind was blowing crazy hard. It was so load that I couldn’t hear my music over it. Normally I’m a firm believer in music when I run. I think it helps me stay motivated and I hate listening to myself breathe heavily. But I figured since I couldn’t hear the music I might as well take off my headphones and I’m really glad I did. First, I leaned that I don’t run any slower without music. I thought that without the steady beat of music I would slow down, but I didn’t. Second, I always see people out running when I am. It’s this great community of people that all nod and smile to each other as they pass. It sort of makes you feel like you’re part of the club. Without my headphones in people didn’t just nod at me but they all said hello and made some comment about how it’s a great day for a run. I had no idea how encouraging that could be. IT made me feel like I was a real runner in their eyes. I’ve always told people I’m a jogger because I don’t run very fast. I’m pretty sure there are people out there who can walk faster than I run. But every person I passed made me feel like a real runner. So while I don’t think I’ll run without music every day because I can get lost in a really good song and forget that I’m running I think I will try it more often. And when I do I’m going to make a conscious effort to try and encourage the people I run past because you just never know how it will affect them.