I want to start off by saying I do not consider myself an experienced runner by any means. I guess you can say I am a “runner” by default. It was never really my intention to become a “runner.” I didn’t have some extravagant plan to one day run a full marathon. Sure I had it on my bucket list, but it seemed more like an unattainable goal that I would look back at and wish I had tried to accomplish. Even after three half marathons I still feel like I am learning and I always get nervous before a race, but I suppose that keeps running interesting. Actually, in a way, I think we’re all beginning runners.
So many people consider themselves beginning runners because they can only run a mile or two. I can run 13.1 miles and I still feel like I am struggling at times to catch up to the rest of the running world, but, I don’t know, I’m fine with that. I always think to myself, “At least I am doing it.” I can’t help but smile sometimes when I am out training for this beast of a marathon. There are days when the sun is beating down and my legs are struggling to move, but I am ecstatic to be out there chasing down my goal of running a full marathon. In fact, I like that I consider myself a beginning runner because it means I can always get better and faster. It allows me to not set limitations and always carry around the belief that anything is possible.
I want beginning runners to know that you should be proud of the fact that you are out there running. Some people never have the desire that you have to attempt something that is admittedly difficult, but extremely satisfying. It took me years to actually bring myself to run outside and get comfortable with the idea that I am capable of accomplishing anything. But, it happened and it will for you too. Don’t get so wrapped up in the title of “beginning runner” because we are all beginning runners. Just do your best to consider yourself a “runner” and that’s it. Keep running because you can. Remember what I always say, “Always start to finish…Never finish with regret.”
By Raul Alanis
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