Throughout my life, I have always been looking for something. There has always been a nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach that I was destined for something meaningful.
I am rapidly approaching 30, and I have been doing much soul searching in order to find my path to inner greatness. This thorough look at myself has led me to realize that I have been searching for something that was always there.
I am strong and determined. I can set goals for myself and I will reach them. I can rise to meet mental and physical challenges. There is nothing I cannot do, if I just set my mind to it and refuse defeat.
Hard times come and go, and when the rough patches have been smoothed over, I am left stronger. It may hurt and sting, but these events are what have made me the person I am today.
Training is a very similar process. There are times where I feel on top of the world, followed by times I question my ability to keep going. No matter what my brain may say, I push through the doubt and finish. The pain is temporary, but the feeling of accomplishment is permanent.
Success is like a drug. The painful process and hard work are worth the payout, and getting that success fix makes it all worthwhile.
I am on week 5 of my training. I am not a marathon runner, and in fact I have yet to race at all. When people refer to me as a “runner” I often respond by informing them that I am not a runner…I just started.
What makes a runner? Is it hard work and determination? Is it setting goals and reaching them? Is it being sore or having special clothes? I think it is much more.
A runner is a person who steps out that door and puts one foot in front of the other. A runner keeps going when they feel like they can’t. A runner works hard to become better. It doesn’t matter how fast I am going or how many miles I can go. What matters is that I keep going. Runners keep going, and that is the only choice I have ever had. No matter the circumstances and no matter how hard, I keep going.
In life and on the road, I am proud to say that yes, I am a runner.