Me: “How’s it going?”
Her: “It’s going well. I’ve ran the whole way so far and haven’t stopped!”
Me: “Wow! Congrats – that’s awesome. I’ve taken a few walking breaks.”
Her: “Is this your first race?”
Me: “No, it’s my forth (two 5K’s and a 10-miler)
Her: “This is my first.”
Me: “Awesome! That’s really exciting.”
Her: “Yea, I mean, I’ve done a bunch of smaller races before but this is my first long race.”
At that point, we quickly finished up our conversation, said our “good luck’s” and I ran ahead thinking profoundly about what she said. To this girl, a “small race” which I guess she meant around a 5K distance, wasn’t an actual “race.” When she asked me how many races I completed, I confidently said 4 without a second thought to how far they were. Now, if she were to ask me if this was my first long race, I’d say it was my second.
Does running long race say how worthy you are as a runner? Are you looked up to more if you focus on improving your longer distance races than your shorter races? Are short races not considered races? I would hope not! I’ve been thinking about this for awhile. Mostly, because when I finish my half marathon this weekend, I’ll have a clean slate in front of me. No other races are on my calendar yet and people always ask me if I’d want to do a marathon. What would be my motivation? To please other people or myself? What if I’m content focusing on running 5K’s and 10K’s the rest of my life? Surely, they are cheaper and in my opinion, they don’t make you less fit than anyone else who runs marathons. It’s all in perspective.
I just think that in the blog and real world, we need to celebrate each other no matter how far we run. For example, I try to refrain from using the word “only” when saying I am off for a 3 mile run via Twitter. To a new runner, which sounds better?
“I finished 3-miles today!”
“I only finished 3-miles today!”
We need to celebrate running ALL distances even if it’s starting the Couch to 5K program. Running a 90-seconds is huge to some people. It was huge to me when I first started and it still is.
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