Don’t Think You Are a “Real Runner”?: If you run, you ARE a Runner – Reward Yourself With a Giveaway!
Just the other day a friend of mine made a comment that truly made me pause. As someone who burns the candle on both ends, this type of occurrence is rare. You see, this friend and I were bemoaning the price of active wear when she said, “Yes, but you’re a real runner.” What she meant was, it made sense for me to spend a lot on active wear because she deemed me a “real runner,” but that she could skimp because she didn’t see herself as such.
And that’s when I started thinking, am I a real runner? What makes me a real runner and not her? She runs. I see her run. I even see her at races. So what does it mean to be a real runner?
- I know that as a real runner, sometimes I REALly don’t want to run. There are days when I offer myself three to four strong excuses about why I shouldn’t run that day. But I usually run anyway.
- I know that as a real runner, sometimes I’m REALly slow. I will never be fast; I’ve accepted that. But I set attainable goals for myself and do my best.
- As a real runner, I REALly like to complain about running conditions such as rain, snow, hot weather, cold weather, too many hills, not enough hills, etc., but I keep running.
- I also REALly don’t have the body associated with running. I’m short and a little heavier than I should be, but I just keep on truckin’ with one foot in front of the other.
So here’s the thing, at least I think this is what I’ve figured out, I’m a real runner because I run.
Every single week, without fail, I run. My goal is four times a week, but sometimes life doesn’t make that possible. No worries, I just keep going the next week.
Plus, I absolutely REALly love to run. Like I said, I’m not fast and I complain a lot, but I sincerely love it. I honestly cannot imagine my life without the feel of asphalt under my feet, the showers I earn from all the sweating, the picturesque views I’ve been fortunate to witness on early morning runs and race courses, and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a race. Running has become an integral part of my life, much to my surprise, somehow turning me into the runner I am today.
As for my friend, she’s a runner too. She has her goals, and I have mine. She has her experience with running, and I have mine. We should both be confident enough to shout “I am a runner!” with no “real” required.
And as a runner, you should have the right gear. One of Annette’s (and our) favorite pieces of gear is the Ponya Band — terrific non-slip headbands and bamboo sweatbands, for gals and guys! You can check out our review of all the various types of Ponya Bands here.
The Ponya folks were so terrific that they gave us TWO bands to give away — one City Lights 3″ Bamboo sweatband and one Dottie’s Party 4″ Bamboo sweatband! As promised — here is that giveaway! And we are super excited to provide it as a part of the Spring into Fitness Giveaway Hop hosted by Runawaybridalplanner and Momwhotris! If you’ve never taken part in a Giveaway Hop, you are in for a treat! Below the Rafflecopter, there is a series of links to other blogs that are hosting giveaways as well! You can click on the links and enter to win more FREE STUFF! And everyone loves FREE STUFF! Especially awesome fitness gear. So enter here if you like, AND check out the other blogs for other awesome giveaways to enter.
Our Rafflecopter Widget is below followed by the Giveaway Hop links. The Hop runs from 10:00 a.m. March 16th until midnight March 25th. Good luck!
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