Hi! I’m back at my favorite coffee shop enjoying a real meal, so things are starting to get back to normal!
As I’ve mentioned before, my current internship has a running aspect to it, so I have been lucky enough to meet a lot of runners over the past few weeks. I have come in contact with runners of all different shapes, sizes and ages, and one thing I have noticed is the constant need to apologize for being a “slow” runner. People are happy enough to own up to being a runner (and why shouldn’t we? It’s an amazing sport full of goals, endurance and community!), but for some reason, those of us who aren’t averaging 8 minute miles always feel the need to finish our sentences with, “but I’m slow.”
I am 100% guilty of this. When I tell someone I love to run half marathons, they usually reply with something along the lines of, “oh that’s great!” and then like an automatic reflex, I come back with, “yeah, I’m slow…… but whatever, it’s fun!”
Slow is not bad.
Slow does not make me any less of a runner.
So, from this moment on, I’m proposing we stop this. Stop apologizing for running at a pace that is comfortable to us. Stop being embarrassed that our pace may be in the *GASP* double digits. Stop ending our “I am a runner” sentences with the unnecessary “but.”
We don’t hear those speedy runners, who we may or may not envy, saying “yeah, I’m a runner, but I’m really fast….”
We need to be confident in our abilities.
So let’s OWN it. We are runners. We are all out there for the same purpose — to complete those miles. And whether we do that in 1 hour or 3 hours, we are all part of this crazy, wonderful & dedicated community.
Now let’s all take a lesson from
Regina Phalange Phoebe Buffay and run like no ones watching
What are your thoughts on this topic?
Do you ever find yourself adding in “but I’m slow” during a running discussion?