Number One Says I've to Like Running to Be a Runner

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 0:37 AM

com/Melpomenem The first time I ran, love really ran, was during center school gym class. It took me eleven minutes and forty-seven seconds to finish a mile.

Number One Says I've to Like Running to Be a Runner


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The first time I ran, love really ran, was during center school gym class. It took me eleven minutes and forty-seven seconds to finish a mile. I've been running ever since, but for all my six a. m. alarms and 0-degree jogs, my mi time hasn't improved much.

Running is the kind of thing where you keep in the time and expect to look results, and let me be the first to tell you: It's supremely discouraging when you don't. It'south discouraging when you running a five-mile race with your all family and arrive in a solid fifteen minutes behind everyone else, and it'south discouraging when that time is number faster or slower than your five-mile time five years ago.

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And yet (and yet!), my alarm is already set for six a. m. tomorrow, even though it'south probably going to be rainy and definitely going to be freezing and even though most of the time, I really detest running.

Don't ask me why. All I know is this: As much as I hate running, I like being a runner.

There'south some kind of camaraderie between people who spend more money each year on running shoes than on all their other shoes combined, and there'south some fundamental similarity between people who can cross ten miles without pausing or looking back.

On days that I run, I exert myself purely for exertion'south sake. If you running too, you get why.

When you're a runner, your people are the girls with hair elastics on their wrists and the boys with shorts shorter than yours. They might be better, faster or stronger than you, but you belong with them.

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It took me almost ten years of plodding along at an 11-minute mi before I realized that I could call myself a runner, number matter how unhurried I go or how many races I lose.

I've laced up my shoes at minimum once a week since the first day I stepped ft on a track in center school. Some weeks it'south every day, some weeks it'south not. Some days, I'll barely go more than a mile, and some days, I'll walk more than I jog. I may not have medals, but I've fresh air, time alone, and creaky knees and tight quads.

For me, that'south enough. I run, so I'm a runner.

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