Once a runner, always a runner
Sunday, August 03, 2014
I recently read a post on a Facebook runner's group. It was negative about runner's who don't live up to what the poster thought was his standards. As someone who considers herself a runner I was offended by his mentality. I may not be the fastest, or strongest runner, but does that make me less of a runner. I once ran the Goofy Challenge and a half race. It is a half marathon on Saturday and a full on Sunday. Could I do this today? No, but if I trained for it again I am sure I could.
In January of this year, I was hit by an autoimmune disease. I have joint inflammation in both knees, my hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. For now, I am only allowed low impact activity. I have been doing yoga and I take long walks. Hopefully I will be back to running when medicines help to control the pain and inflammation.
According to the person making the post on Facebook, I am not a "real" runner. I disagree with him. I believe that any person who is doing any kind of physical activity should not be put down for their efforts. Everyone has their own strengths and abilities and these can change within that person over time.
I am a runner and I will always consider myself a runner. I may have periods of time when I cannot run do to my physical limitations, but I will always look forward to and be ready for the time when I can hit the roads running again.