Welcome to the first Monday of June. This means you can kick everything off on the RIGHT start… put what happened last month behind you and get pumped for a GREAT month. Are you ready? If not, more motivation can be found HERE

I hear a lot of questions from new runners:

  • Does running get any easier?
  • How do I run faster? 
  • When can you call yourself a runner?
  • Won’t people judge me for being a slow runner?

 

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say they don’t consider themselves a runner… even if they are running every day, doing races, etc. — obviously a part of the running community. There are no rules for becoming a runner. All you need to do is RUN. 

John Bingham "you are a runner" quote

 

That’s the great thing about the sport! There are some people who may be intimidating, they’ve been running for what seems like ever (or setting streaking records like this guy)… or they are super speedy and talking about the 17 races they did in the past two weeks. 

But you know what? 

We all started somewhere.

When I started running, I never thought I would fall in love with the marathon distance. I never thought I would like running… to me, it was a method to lose weight. (And let’s not forget that before that, I tried to injure myself so I didn’t have to run in gym class… middle school brains are so smart.)

Running was hard. I started off the summer before I entered high school, running three or five mile routes, walking a lot and feeling discouraged after every single run. But then my goals started becoming my reality, and I realized that it was because of running. 

Fast forward 10 years, and I knew how much I loved running when I woke up at 6 a.m. to fit in a training run in the middle of summer. 

The rest is history. 

So, when you are struggling to finish a run… or struggling to START a run… remember that we’ve all been there. The runners you see bounding on the trails, smiles on their faces, acting like this is the BEST THING IN THE WORLD… have days like that. And for you newbies out there, it does get easier. And it’s so worth it. Just keep holding on. 

 

What moment made you realize that you loved running?

Do you struggle with finding your passion to work out? 



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