I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why I love runners and the running community. Yes, there are a few jerks out there who think you can’t be a “runner” unless you run at a certain pace or you put in X miles a week. Luckily, the vast majority of runners I’ve interacted with are kind and encouraging, no matter how fast or far you run. The encouragement we give each other and the kindness we show are my favorite part of the running community.
I love that at a race you can strike up a conversation with pretty much anyone around you and they’ll happily strike up a conversation with you. I love that we watch out for each other when we see a runner looking ill. I love that we (generally) smile and wave and say hello when we pass each other on our daily runs because we know that we’re all part of that community. I love that we cheer each other on and understand that the journey is more important than the time that the clock displays when we cross the finish line.
I hate to admit it, but I’ve been a slacker this morning. I was scheduled for 10 miles with 6 miles at half marathon pace today. There were storms rolling through when I was going to go on my run this morning and The Weather Channel said it was supposed to rain/storm off and on through 9 AM, so I read some blogs and then went back to bed. (I might still try to get the run in tonight; I’m on the fence.) My morning “nap” was amazing and my body could probably use the extra sleep. But, I still can’t shake that feeling that I’m being a bad runner by not getting out there even though my body could probably use the extra rest, especially since I’m running my first 20 miler of my marathon training cycle this Saturday. So, this is my day today:
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|Yes, that blur is my dog.|
I’ve been working on my computer this morning, reading scientific articles and whatnot. I like to have the TV on in the background because it actually helps me concentrate, just like how some people have to listen to music to be productive. (I can’t listen to music with lyrics when I’m reading; it’s too distracting for some reason.) Taking a few minutes to write this blog post is my brain break. Luckily Scott (my boyfriend) and I went to Costco last night and got some good, healthy food that I can snack on to fuel my brain.