Most “dedicated” runners on even a “normal” run put their bodies through pounding that most people don’t understand.
Tell someone that you ran a 50K and ran for 7 plus hours and they look at you like your insane.
Tell someone you ran a marathon and you usually get asked why followed by something about how they could never do that.
Tell someone you’ve ran a half marathon and they still don’t get why but you seem a little more normal to them.
Where does the line blur?
I know people who ran as a way to get in shape. People close to me. Then the moment they are faced with an issue that stems from their running, they stop. Now I am not saying they are wrong for stopping as each person must do what is best for them. I’m talking about the rest of us. Those of us who for some strange reason there is no line in the sand.
No weather too bad to keep us from a run.
No injury that our first question isn’t,
“How long till I can run.”
It just becomes part of who we are.
We are runners.
Pure and simple.
Now there may be those who can not push through and injury and circumstances will stop them from actually running, but in their heart of hearts they are still runners.
Today my feet our sore. I’m putting anti-inflammatory cream on them. I’ve got a line from my favorite sports bra (you know you have one too) that proves that I’ve gained some weight as it now chaffs. My quads are tight and will require stretching.
These are normal things to me. Just another day at the office.
They are only normal to some of us.
The rest of the world thinks we are insane.
They might not be wrong, but it’s a good insanity.
This is why runners are both awesome and always cheer each other on regardless of pace, distance, or terrain.
We got your back
It’s nice to know there are so many that have mine
What an inspiring post.