Where are my slow runners at? I constantly search the blogosphere for some other awesome slow runners like me and come up empty-handed. I mean, there are plenty of A-mazing fasty pants blogging runners like AliOnTheRun and RunningOnWaffles (I like her, like in real life). But there are no other turtles out there like me.
Confession: I can’t, or at least have yet to master how to, run fast. I’ve run a ½ marathon before, and I’m doing the same one this October, but I’m sure it won’t be fast. Maybe it will be faster than last time, that’s really my only goal, but not like super fast. Really, on average, I can run an 11:20(ish) minute mile for 3 miles when I’m pushing myself. Usually though, I stop and walk a bit, because I have some knee issues and don’t want to get hurt again, plus I really need to get stronger. Then, as long as I take a little walk break, I can get back to that pace, but I’m already screwed for the walking. So, in reality, it ends up being like a 12 minute mile. And generally, I’m totally okay with that.
But I am a girl, and I do compare myself with other runners that I see on the internet. And let me tell you, they run FAST (compared to me). Sometimes it kind of gets me down and I get a little embarrassed about my times, such that I don’t really talk about it on the internet or have “friends” on Daily Mile.
You know what though, I am, and want to be even more so, proud of my accomplishments and that I am running. I don’t need to run a 10 minute mile to be awesome. I’m already pretty awesome. Even though I’m not really fast and have to take walk breaks sometimes, I have come a really long way. A couple years ago, there is no way that I could have run even a ¼ mile. Honestly, I probably got winded just walking up a flight of stairs. Also, in the past 2 years, since running, dancing, and finishing law school, I have lost a little over 40 pounds (also something that I’m not super comfortable talking about). I am really strong, motivated, and persistent. With walking breaks, I could run all day. [There would be a lot of walking breaks.] All things which I believe are awesome.
I know that I’m getting faster and stronger. Last year, at my first ½ marathon ever, my time was 2:38:03, which included a much needed bathroom break. This year, even though it will still be slow, I am going to kick that time’s ass. [And by “kick that time’s ass” - I will only promise to get under 2:30].
So, the moral of the story is: It’s totally okay if you aren’t the fastest runner or even if logistics would consider your average pace more of a jog, because you’re out doing it. And I am so proud of anyone out there who is making their lives better, one mile at time.
So, if you know any less than Roadrunner-esque runners, please, share them with me! I want to be their friends! But I will still always look to my speed demons for extra encouragement! =)