I am NOT a runner!
I have told myself, and countless others this line repeatedly, and yet somehow I am running. So how the heck did I get here?
As a young child, I was not really into sports—I participated in intramurals, track and field, and even some cross-country. This love was short lived as I often found myself winded, and would rather go exploring in the neighbourhood “pretending” to be an independent sleuth (Nancy Drew anyone?).
As I grew older, I became even less involved in sports. When asked by teachers to join the cross-country team, or the swim team, I always shrugged it off, saying, “I am NOT a runner” (or swimmer, etc.). I told myself I wasn’t a competitive person so joining a team was pointless. Part of that statement is true – the starter pistol always caused this surge of anxiety and adrenaline and I would no longer feel like myself. The other part of the statement is false. I am totally competitive. I have learned how to hide it, but it is a genetic trait that I have inherited from my mother.
This year my best friend convinced me to sign up for a 5 km race. It felt like an impossible feat—and yet it wasn’t. Training alone sucked, to put it bluntly, but I was also introduced to the concept of a running community while training with my friend. The Goodlife 5 km was a huge success for me. My only goal was to run non-stop, and I did it! Instead of feeling a surge of anxiety, I felt a surge of pride.
If you were to ask me why I run, I couldn’t tell you why. I haven’t quite figured that part out yet. I don’t like how it feels when I am running, but I love the pride I feel in accomplishing something. I like how I can be competitive with myself—but only if I choose to be. I also love the community that I have been introduced to—I couldn’t ask for better people to be around when you are pushing your limits.
I’m not sure if I’m a “runner”. I just run.
“A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step.”
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