I am who I am
In honor of my 12 years of running, it seems fitting to jot down the lessons I have learned. If anything, it will be a good reminder for me a few months from now when I have already forgotten what I learned.
It has taken more years than I would like to admit for common sense to penetrate my head, but I am a better person for what I am about to admit. Wisdom has grown out of my experience. I have come to peace with the runner that I am and the runner I will never be. I accept the truths of my running “career”. Call them life lessons or “well, duh” moments – either way – these are my running truths:
- My feet are two different sizes and no amount of ignoring it will make my same size shoes fit perfectly on both feet. The right socks are important - they are not luxuries. There are different "right" socks for different seasons and runs. I need to stop being such a "cheap" runner.
- My intentions at the time I sit down to make my training plan are always twice as large as my ability to ever do the things I write down on paper. I am a “crammer” and “cramming” doesn’t apply in running. Worked for college and sometimes for work – but doesn’t work when I train for races.
- Everyone said the first mile is always the hardest. They lie. Some days – just accept all the miles are hard.
- When I head out on a run, and it feels easy (almost too easy) - 999 out of a 1000 times - it is because some mystery wind at my back. The run isn't easy because I woke up that day with a newfound ability to run fast.
- I will never be fast. If I catch myself running something faster than a 8 minute mile for any distance either I or someone I love must be in desperate danger or the planets have momentarily aligned and given me unearthly powers.
- I am not a good-looking runner. I am a “red facer”. After 10 minutes and especially in the summer – I look like I may fall over from heat exhaustion at any minute – even if it is 20 degrees outside. And my form? I make running look silly on most days.
- If I skip running for more than 3 days - I should begin to apologize to those around me at the beginning of day 3 - because I become really hard to live or work with.
- No matter my speed, my training plan, or conditions - I simply love to run and happy to get out there and shuffle along.
I have learned some good lessons from other runners too. I have learned that "results vary" from Simon Says...Run To "throw everything at it" from A Blog about Nothing. "Patience!"(I will never learn this one) from Bryan-Baker Dot Com.