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I want to LOOK like a runner

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I started running as a New Year's resolution in 2001. Four months later I ran my first 10k. Looking back on it, the whole thing was pretty funny. The race started and I took off like a crazed 3rd grader at field day. I got to the first mile and thought woo hoo I am flying. That was about when I ran out of steam and had to walk. Then as soon as I caught my breath off I'd go again like a crazy person.

The really sad thing was that after that I learned how to pace myself and it took me a long time to actually beat that time.

So now it's 2013 which means that I've been running for over 12 years. I've done countless 5k's, 8k's, 10k's, a few random distances like 4 and 5 milers, one marathon, and a couple dozen half marathons.

I get up every day at 5:30 to run between 4 and 5 miles.

And yet, I'm carrying around a gut so I don't LOOK like a runner.

There are a lot of runners at work and they all treat me like one of them. We see each other at races and the after race parties so my issue is not with them.

What bothers me other than the gut I can't seem to shake is that from time to time I have this conversation where someone will talk about someone else who is a "runner" and I say yea I'm a runner too.

person: oh but David is a RUNNER, he gets up crazy early and runs every day

me: yes so do I, in fact just last week we saw each other over near the park

person: but david is a RUNNER

sigh yes David is a runner. He's crazy fast and actually came in 6th in the outer banks marathon a couple of years so I get what they're saying, what they're really saying is that David LOOKS like a runner whereas I suppose what I do is "jog" or something somehow less impressive.

I realize its vain and all but I want a different reaction.

when I saw I'm a runner I want people to say "oh I should have known" instead of "oh but X person is a REAL runner"

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    Thanks for the comments. I normally don't care what people think but sometimes it just hits you the wrong way.

    In other news I've been thinking about doing a sprint tri. I've been swimming two days a week at the Y and I am already running so I really just need to dust off the ole bike and start training with it. I've been doing some reading up on it and am both excited and really nervous.
    1764 days ago
    Yes, you are a runner & don't let anyone make you feel otherwise. Keep on keeping on!
    1764 days ago
    You ARE a Real Runner, and don't forget it!

    I don't look like a stick thin long-legged runner, either; yet, I've been coaching marathoners & half marathoners for nearly a decade. Age, body type and genetics have a lot to do with what we get to carry around for life.

    I'd take a look at is the way you're training, what variety you're putting into your schedule, and your nutritional habits around your training. You need to challenge your body with variety in your workouts. Do you eat something before your morning run? Don't. Instead of running 4-5 miles every morning, run 30-45 mins 2-3X/week, and do a long run on the weekend. Get on a bike, go for a swim, do a spin class, do strength training.

    The same old same old keeps your body the same old same old!

    Hope this helps - and keep looking at your wall of bibs and medals to remind yourself that you are a real runner!
    1765 days ago
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    Unfortunately, there are far too many people who judge based on looks alone. Pity for them for they usually don't know what they are missing out on. I know it is hurtful and hard to deal with sometimes.


    We know you are a runner, the other runners know that you are a runner, and most importantly...YOU know you are!
    Just keep going with what makes you happy and keep the hope that those other people get a clue.

    1765 days ago
    There's no doubt about it, you ARE a runner. However you can not change other peoples perceptions of what a "real" runner should look like. They are being elitist, snobby and are fat-a-phobic. Their problem...not yours. You just keep running and be an inspiration for the rest of us! emoticon emoticon
    1765 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/23/2013 11:01:37 AM
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