The Run Bullying!
This is a post that needs to be written because this really irks me.
Rewind to a post I saw the other day, someone had stated that they were a runner because they battled the elements and would never think twice about running on a treadmill. So does this mean that those of us who train on a treadmill “are not runners” ? Not capable of overcoming our own obstacles? Are we simply babies? Can’t handle the cold?
Do you know my story? Do you know I suffer from severe Raynauds syndrome and simply holding a cold glass causes my fingers to turn white? Do you know what happens when I run in the elements? Do you see my toes after I run in the cold, submerse then into a tub of hot water only for them to burn , turn black then white?
Didn’t think so. You see , If You Run , You Are A Runner! Period! That’s it!
Can we please just respect each other and our choices. I’ve successfully trained on a treadmill for half marathons, full marathons and even 50k’s so don’t tell me I’m not a runner because I don’t battle those elements you do. Yes I love your Instagram pics with your frosty eyelashes and frozen cheeks , but you should also like my sweaty post treadmill hill climbs too.
There is always a struggle to run , never mind if it’s in or out. Each and every run is a mental game that we must face. Overcome.
So today I feel pretty good with my treadmill efforts, it was a blizzard outside and just getting to the gym was a struggle – but I overcame said struggle and made it there. Why ,
BECAUSE I AM A RUNNER
plain and simple !
This post also reached out to those of us who aren’t fast either, we run at our pace yet still cover the same # of miles as you . So encourage us, give us a pat on the back and let’s just Run Happy !