Who Ya Callin' a Runner?

For a long time, years even , I was completely intimidated by all things running. I was a total naysayer. When I thought of running, I could only picture small, thin, elite runners. I was not one of those people. About 2.5 years ago I snapped out of my fog, opened my eyes and discovered the true community of runners. Yes, there are the thin, speedy gazelles that make running appear effortless. There are people in between. There are those struggling with every step to finish, you can feel their determination. You see their sweat, maybe their pain, but you also see their pride and commitment. You find yourself cheering them on. And on. That's what makes this sport so wonderful. It is inclusive and encouraging. From the elite runners, to the middle of the pack, to the back of the pack, these people are accomplishing a common goal of covering the distance in the way best suited to them. Some are flying, some are running, some are wheeling, some are jogging, some are running & walking in intervals, and some are walking.

As a coach at USA Fit Bay Area says, "Yeah, we put one foot in front of the other, for a really long time, and then they give us stuff." It's funny and true. Finishing an organized race event is such a thrill...honestly. Whether it's a 5K fun run, 10 K, Half or Full Marathon, all distances are respected and finishing is something to be truly proud of...whatever your time.

In what other sport could you run with Santa?

Or a Star Wars Storm Trooper?

Or your favorite superhero?

When you're finished you can have Breakfast at Tiffany's.

People even cheer you on. What fun!

I say all of this to encourage you NOT to be intimidated. It's time to give it a try. I started jogging on a treadmill, gradually increasing my speed and endurance. I then tried jogging outside. Step by step I built up my endurance. Running in intervals with a short walk break in between is an excellent way to start. I still follow that plan in a race. Now, let's go....

My name is Holly, and I call myself a RUNNER!


  1. You are a Runner! You go girl!!! Love the post!

    With all of the rain up here I haven't run one time this week! YIKES!!!! I am going crazy-it really gets in your blood!

  2. I love the picture of A. running next to you. It almost makes me weepy.


  3. What an inspiring post! I also love that picture of you two.

  4. i love this post! what a great picture. you know you're making a huge impression on her and what a great one to make. don't you love how excited kids are to come "running" with you? especially at a race. they have so much enthusiasm it makes the last little bit a little easier.

  5. Hi,
    I found you through Kristi's blog. I have visited your blog a couple times now and can't help myself from commenting any longer. I so admire your love for running. I LOVE to run. I am not fast...(someone asked me the other day what my pace was...I am positive that I don't have much of one at this point), however...I love it..it give me a satisfaction that no other thing does. Thus, your most recent post about running was great for me because I would love to run more. I just moved to Texas from Arizona and miss so badly the track at 5am in the brisk cool air and a good set of up and down the bleachers 10 or so times afterward! The humidity is killing me! Anway, thanks for the inspriation and the running links.
    Sunshine Seekins

  6. I love this post! I am going to forward it to people because this is exactly how I feel about it! You have captured my sentiments perfectly!!!

    On a separate note...have you heard of the Wasatch Back...I've started to think about (well, a couple of us) getting a blogger team together. It's in Utah in June (so next year). Just thought I'd throw it out there.


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