I’m so excited to introduce you to Jen today. Jen is not a blogger, but she is a runner.
I remember when Jen started running, I’d see her running in the snow and admire just how dedicated she was to running (I was probably sitting on the couch drinking a beer).
I’m Jen. I’ve been running for a few years now. I never used to like running (or any type of exercise really) but then something clicked for me. Especially on those longer runs.
It took me a long time to think of myself as runner. I ran when there was still snow on the ground and thought “maybe now I’m a runner”. I continued to run and pass more imaginary milestones I created. I ran a 10k, ran in the dark, ran through sleet. Maybe now I’m a runner. I’d get the hello nod from other runners on the trail. Perhaps that’s a sign that I’m a runner. I ran in a blizzard. Yeah. I’m pretty badass. Maybe now I’m a runner.
Little did I know, I was like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, with sparkly purple Asics. I was a runner all along.
You see I didn’t think of myself as a runner because I don’t look like a serious runner. I have short legs, I’m carrying a bit of extra weight around. Not exactly built for speed. That doesn’t matter as it turns out. I can run. I’ll never win any races but that’s not the point at all.
Runners need to encourage each other. No matter where they are on the spectrum. Once I went looking for some new running pants. I went to a popular store, one that doesn’t usually have a great selection in my size. The stars had aligned and I found an abundance of pants to try on. The chirpy blond at the changing room asked me “are you just starting to run?”. Ouch. “I’m training for my first half marathon” I replied. Would she have asked me that if I was a size 2? Probably not. Could she have run a half marathon? By her reaction probably not.
As I came into the finish line my sweet boy called out “why did you take so long mama?” (They had been waiting for the last twenty minutes of the race). He’s always racing me and saying “run faster mama!”. Best personal trainer.
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