Posts Tagged ‘born to run’


This is on some hippy s–t in that “love everyone” type of mindset. Some of us seem to get caught up in what a runner is supposed to look like.  Some people take on the elitist attitude that only they (with such tiny frames and an amazing capacity for a breath of fresh air) were born for this sport. I get so confused by that idea.

While saying born to run is cliche at this point, it’s hard to deny the logic of crawl-walk-run. It’s a sequence we all follow, that are grandparents followed, that are grandparents’ grandparents followed. Because of that, running has a low barrier to entry, which might explain the lackluster interest and the sub-par pay professionals receive.  It’s something a majority of human beings will have the pleasure of embracing — I say “majority” because I’m positive some smartass would be thinking “well, not EVERYONE can run.” And that’s true, not everyone has the physical capacity to run, which means that everyone that CAN run, SHOULD run. Otherwise you’re just taking your capabilities for granted; and sure enough, if you found yourself in a position where you were unable to run, you’d take that neglect back in a second.

And while I despise elitist (notice I said elitist and not elite – elite runners seem to have less of an ego than the guy that won your local turkey trot) attitudes, I’m not sure that I don’t hate the “I’m not a runner” believers more. I’m not sure at what racing distance or pace people become runners, but it’s a ludicrous excuse to give yourself just so you can feel comfortable. When someone tells you that they run you should at no point assume that they’ve run a marathon. In terms of distance, sprinters don’t run much further than a basketball or football player, but they certainly don’t run as far as distance runners. People that don’t feel that they are runners are generally pleasantly surprised when they finally decide to pick up the habit.

Conditioning for your life. That’s all it is.

So how do you respect this fact?

  • Don’t take your capability for granted, no matter how great or small your talent.
  • When you see someone else out there fighting the good fight, show them some support – acknowledge each other.
  • No high horses. Run a mile in their shoes before talking down to another runner. Could you imagine carrying that extra weight, or not breathing as easily, or dealing with that chronic injury that was no fault of your own?
  • Don’t just regurgitate and imitate what the “Big Boys” do, just because it’s in the magazines and the books – do what’s right for YOUR MIND & BODY.