There. I said it.
Actually, I said it the What I’m Not part of my Old School Blogging post on Monday, but, in case you weren’t paying attention, I said it for you again.
I’m not a runner despite my many attempts to become one in the past.
When I started blogging in 2009 I became an automatic member of a community of like-minded, health-conscious people. People, like me, who enjoyed talking about nutrition, daily workouts, and everything in between.
One thing I’ve noticed as a constant, however, is that A LOT of my online buddies are runners.
When I was younger, my mom always threw the famous “if all of your friends all jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too?” line at me whenever I was about to do something that everyone else was doing but probably wasn’t such a great idea for me.
Well, when I first started blogging, jumping off a bridge with a bunch of runner friends sounded pretty awesome. The motivation and inspiration to run came from every angle: I saw tweets about early-morning runs, I read about bloggers training for races and carboloading (any run that involves consuming massive amounts of pasta and bread beforehand is OK in my book).
Everyone was doing it.
Except me, and I wanted to change that ASAP.
I jumped right on the running bandwagon, and I tried, and tried, and TRIED to love it. I even worked part time at a running store, where all my coworkers talked about what races they were signed up for, how to reach their PRs, and how sore they were from their last run.
I felt like an imposter.
At the time, I was just starting to run, and on the dreadmill* to boot! I found it impossible to run outside because it felt (and was) SO MUCH HARDER than running on the treadmill.
Still, I forged ahead, determined to earn the ‘runner’ title. I even acquired my very own shin splints and running injuries.
I was fitted for shoes, bough a SPIbelt (did you know those things can hold a WHOLE can of soda? Something I learned at the running store) and was still trying to run up until April of this year. Jeff was even running with me! And then I hurt my ankle again.
Sometime between hurting my ankle and making a full recovery, I bought my bike and my mentality changed completely.
I no longer felt like an imposter; I felt part of a whole new gang: the cycling community.
I imagine that the way I feel when I’m on my bike is the way runners feel when they’re out on a run. It’s a high I can’t explain and one that I’ve never felt while running.
Everything about cycling feels like home to me. I know it sounds weird, but if you’re a cyclist (or runner!) I know you understand.
I can actually envision myself participating in a bike race, something I could never do with running.
I have the same type of passion for hot yoga. I get the same high after class that I do when I’m done with a long ride.
Now, I’m not trying to bash running as a sport. I am still inspired by runners every day. It just wasn’t for me.
The moral of the story here is you shouldn’t have to force yourself to love something—it should come naturally.
Finally, after years of trying, I’ve found my passion.
I’ve often wondered if I’m not a real person a healthy living blogger because I don’t run. Now I know how silly that is.
Now when I see my runner friends talking about long runs and races on Twitter, I can relate even though I’m not a runner.
I can relate to the raw love you feel for a sport you can call your own.
Who knows? One day I may start running again. Running a marathon has always been a goal at the very back of my mind. Right now, however, I’m happy with where I am and what I’m not.
*Deadmill is another runner term that I’ve never been able to relate to because I actually LIKE the treadmill.
Are you a runner? Did you struggle to become one? Do you love another sport? Have you ever struggled to fit in with a community?
Diana over at The Chic Life is hosting an online auction to raise money to help support the Philippines. The auction will start tomorrow evening (Thursday, November 21) and run for 24 hours. Please check it out when you have a moment. There are lots of great things to bid on and you DON’T HAVE TO BLOG to participate.
Catching up on posts?
- I participated in #OSBlog in my last post and you can, too! Make sure to link up with Elaine if you decide to post it on your blog.
- I wrote a full-on rant about false health advertising at restaurants and on food products. You should read it.
Have a great Wednesday!!