Running Style

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!! I have felt super depleted over these past four or five weeks of midterm hell. On many fronts, I’m drained and absolutely destroyed. I look like the walking dead, my workout schedule has been erratic at best, I had a devil of a cold that sucked the life out of me for two weeks mid-midterms, and I think my life nearly fell apart about midway through the past few weeks.

What’s that you say? I’m a drama queen?

That I am my friend, that I am.

I have looked like  a crazy person for approximately a month. Don't mind me and my frizzy hair.

I have looked like a crazy person for approximately a month. Don’t mind me and my frizzy hair.

Today was the first day coming out of the fog and I looked the part of the fluorescent-clad crazy person this morning on my run: bright blue crops, yellow tank, hot pink pullover, and crazy hair. Ask my friend’s boyfriend. I think I scared the life out of him when I ran up to him in the park this morning.

But we’re not talking about my color-blindness at 6am.

This past weekend was the NYU DPT 5K. I didn’t run particularly fast (for me) but I ran a decent time. But you know what I’m not afraid to admit? 5Ks aren’t really my style.

It’s not my style to go blasting out of the gates, elbowing people left and right for position in the lead pack. It’s just not my thing.

I mosey along in my runs. You will rarely find me blasting along the river, sprinting like a bat outta hell.

I mosey along in my runs. You will rarely find me blasting along the river, sprinting like a bat outta hell.

My style is a race I can find a groove in. Starting off at a decent pace and being able to think while I’m running. I could not think the entire time I was running on Saturday. I just couldn’t. It felt rushed and I was nervous the entire time.

Half marathons are about my speed. I enjoy the occasional 10K for some speed, but I generally dig 15K-half marathon distances.

I look calm at mile 20, no?

I look calm at mile 20, no?

It’s also not my style to be competitive with anyone but myself. Sure, I sometimes look ahead and try to catch other people but not because I want to beat them. I use them as goal posts to keep me going.

Some runners get all personal and won’t talk to other runners at races or socially. Some runners won’t socialize with runners who are slower than them. Some runners won’t hang with runners who are faster than them.

That is just not my style.

Running friends come in all shapes and sizes and abilities and I love them all!

Running friends come in all shapes and sizes and abilities and I love them all!

It hurts my heart when snobby runners say snobby things. I love my fast runners friends and my newer, not-as-fast runner friends. I love my non-runner friends who took me running when I was gimpy and needed bodyguards.

What’s the point of being snobby? You love a 5K? Cool. The 3000 meter race is your cup of tea? You go on with your bad self. You do ultras? I mean, ok. You’re crazy, but ok.

Morning runner/Nighttime runner Runner

Morning runner/Nighttime runner Runner

 

But don’t make fun of other runners who prefer the treadmill to the freezing cold. Or tights to shorts when it’s 40 degrees. Or runners who call it a day instead of running in the snow/rain/sleet/snot.

Let’s not have our community be THAT community. Let’s just all be runners, ok?

 

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10 thoughts on “Running Style

  1. LOVE this post, A! I so agree with all your points…run your own race…even if that means not racing… :)

    • Thank you for sharing that. People are so touchy, they’re judging on others when they should focus on their own race. I pay attention to a few ahead of me, to keep my pace not super slow but I run my race to how I feel that day. I hope to get in a bunch of races this year. We will see how my intestines feel about it…………..xo

  2. Oh snap! Amen. I got judged for saying I had runner envy, then judged for counting calories…come on people?!? I think people, especially on the Internet, are far too comfortable with passing judgement. If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it at all!

  3. I love imagining the outfit you were wearing because I want to wear it myself. Love, love, love all the bright colors, regardless of whether or not they match. Bright = fun.

    And as one of your newer, not-as-fast runner friends, I just want to say I love you too :)

    • You are such an amazing writer that I am with you every step you take, feeling the cold weather only running a lot slower than you. And for me today, that’s okay. I thought running was all about speed but for me its about reaching the finish line. I didn’t run all winter because I was so sick with my gut and ostomy and had zero energy. Now that Spring is around the corner, I look forward to starting my slow walk/runs, then just being able to run straight through and practicing for some 5k’s I plan on doing. I am excited and I think if I am running to slow for others, GO AROUND ME!!!!!!!!!!!!! and keep your comments to yourself. What do they say to the walkers???????? I can’t imagine but it must be something disrespectful. I say run for the love of runni9ng and screw everyone who gets in your way!!!!!!!!!! Abby you are such an inspiration to me , you really have no idea. Although we’ve never met in person you have given me a confidence I didn’t know was there. Thank you for all that you do for all of us!!!!!!!!!
      Kerriann

  4. I love imagining the outfit you were wearing because I want to wear it all. Bright colors = more fun, regardless of whether or not they match.

    And as one of your newer not-as-fast runner friends, I just wanted to say I love you too :)

  5. Ha ha … running in the snot … The rest of your post was totally on point, too, but I that just made me burst out laughing. Thanks for the smiles (and the judgement-free zone)!

  6. Samantha- I am so sorry I responded to you and it was supposed to be for you and Abby’s to Abby. I wanted to welcome you to the site and tell you I am a slow runner as well!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so sorry,and Abby is so cool you definitely feel like every step she takes on her runs and feel everything she feels. Look forward to more chats with you. And you are a wonderful writer yourself,so thank you for sharing, sorry again!!!!!!! I hope Abby gets that post.I’ll let her know my screw up!!!!
    Kerriann

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