Negativity in the past…THIS is what running is all about.

26 Jul

First, I really want to say that everyone who reads katieRUNSthis is awesome. Your outpouring of support for your fellow runners (see comments on yesterday’s blog) is touching and it is so good to know that runners (especially female runners) really are supportive of each other and, ultimately, do not want to bring each other down.

Today I wanted to highlight a fellow blogger/runner and a new friend of mine, Christine, aka DubyaWife. I first “met” Christine via Twitter (thanks, #RunLA tag!), found out she was just starting to run, and encouraged her to come out to our weekly Happy’s Running group run. After a few weeks of peer pressure encouragement, she decided to come out, and I think it is pretty safe to say that she has not looked back since!

When I first met Christine at the group run, she basically said something like, “Look, I’m not a runner. I’ll probably walk most of the way. I might even come in last.” I gave her the raised eyebrow “so what” face and told her it was time to get going. Well, those group runs must have been like crack because before I knew it, she was posting solo runs on her Twitter and even blogging about her runs. Her paces kept going down and the speeds kept going up! She stuck with it…in the heat…and the humidity…because she wanted it bad enough.

Yes, it lit up!

This past Saturday, she completed her first ever OFFICIAL 5k at the Light Up the Night 5k Benefiting Operation Smile. I could not be more proud of her!

Guys, you should have seen her! She was running along in all her pink tu-tu glory…smiling the whole way. (She was obviously giving her best for Operation Smile!) In fact, not only did she set a PR for the distance, but she also WON the Brightest Runner Award! (Really now, could it have been given to anyone else??)

In her race recap summarizing that night, the very last line is, “I. Am. A. Runner.

Yes, Christine, you are a runner. You know why? Because you finally believed it! We knew you had it in you all along!

This photo is also "borrowed" from Christine's blog. 🙂

This, folks, is what running is really all about. It is about setting goals, working hard, making friends, getting healthy, trying new things, pushing yourself, and doing it all because you want more for yourself. At least, that’s what it means to me. It is not about being negative, putting others down, or having the attitude that your achievements are better than anyone else’s achievements.

To all of the other readers out there that think you aren’t “real” runners because someone says you are walking, jogging, shuffling, waddling, etc. too much (or not enough)…forget them. Whether you are pushing out 50+ miles per week, or 5+ miles per week, you are still running. As long as you are hustling, you ARE a runner. Just remember to always give it your best..for YOU…and no one else.

Happy running, friends! Keep it positive and share the love!

21 Responses to “Negativity in the past…THIS is what running is all about.”

  1. TiffTheAfter at 12:01 PM #

    Awe, this is so encouraging for me. I just started running in February. I don’t know if I should still be considered a newbie or not. I only started running to lose the last 10lbs. I lost them, so sometimes I’m like, “why do I keep running when I reeeeaally don’t have to?”. I like posts like this, it’s like a short mental revamp on my running journey.

    • katieRUNSthis at 9:44 AM #

      Great job on your weight loss! Congratulations on that because losing weight is TOUGH.

      The good thing about running, as with any sport or activity, is that you don’t *have* to do it. If you feel like you need a break, try something else. If you find yourself staying motivated with it though, ride that high as long as possible.

      You’d be AMAZED where it can take you. 🙂

  2. Michelle at 12:07 PM #

    I loved reading Christine’s recap, it was inspiring to hear about how she ran. I was conflicted with the issue of being a “real runner” recently and I was in awe of the amazing response I received from others in the community. Yes, I’m slow and don’t have Kara Goucher’s hot bod, but I get out there and give it my all. That is what counts, nothing more.
    Beautiful post Katie and congrats again to Christine.

    • katieRUNSthis at 9:46 AM #

      Girl, please. If, in your brain, what you are doing is “running”…then you are RUNNING. It is all a state of mind. Do you know how many of us are “fast”? Do you know how many of us have Kara Goucher’s body (not that we don’t all secretly love/hate her for it)? A VERY small percentage. The point is to get out there and do YOUR best. Besides, who do you have to report to? No one other than YOU.

  3. Hydie at 12:23 PM #

    I actually stumbled across this post by DubyaWife yesterday and when I read the last words…it made me a little teary (happy tears, of course). Discovering the ‘runner within’ is a powerful moment and no doubt, her journey will inspire others! Congrats Christine on your first ‘official’ 5k – many, many more joyful finish lines are in your future!!!

    • katieRUNSthis at 9:49 AM #

      Christine is awesome and I have NO DOUBT that this 5k will lead to many, many more.

      Hydie, you should have SEEN this light-up tu-tu! IT. WAS. SPECTACULAR. Would love to see it make a re-appearance at a Girls On The Run 5k!! Maybe this fall? 🙂

  4. Tara Burner at 12:26 PM #

    Way to go Christine and love the tutu and yes we.are.runners 🙂

  5. DubyaWife at 12:37 PM #

    :*) Thanks Katie! I owe it to you for giving me that GENTLE push!

  6. Lauren at 12:52 PM #

    I love this!

    One of my new favorite quotes is, “no matter how slow you go, you’re lapping everybody on the couch.” 🙂

    • katieRUNSthis at 9:50 AM #


      I’m going to type that up, print it, and put it next to my computer monitor! 🙂

  7. Katherine at 1:02 PM #

    Christine’s success and the joy in this post are a testament to your kind encouragement and friendship, Katie. You are the best motivator I know!

    • rivershughey at 5:09 PM #

      I couldn’t have said it better.

    • DubyaWife at 9:20 AM #

      So so true.

  8. Susan at 2:22 PM #

    Pinned to my office bulletion board next to my marathon training schedule (I can’t take it down… 2 years later. I still have the shoes, too. so what?!), I have this quote ” i am a runner because I say I am. And no one can tell me I’m not.” I don’t even know where I found out, who said it… it doesn’t matter. The thought is the same and reminds me to get out there and do it because it is a part of who I am.

    • Susan at 2:22 PM #

      also, I really want one of those tutus!

  9. meanguyrunning at 2:51 PM #

    Very well said! I couldn’t agree more.

  10. Sarah at 5:12 PM #

    “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”

    -John Bingham

    Congrats, Christine! Keep runnin’!

  11. Amanda @FancyOatmeal at 9:20 PM #

    I love this post! It’s 100% true. It doens’t matter if you run at a 7:15 pace or walk/run a 12:00 pace. When you set your heart to be better, to make a healthy choice, and challenge yourself – YOU ARE A RUNNER! Thank you so much!

  12. Bambi at 9:59 PM #

    The two of you ladies are so inspiring to me. The support I have gotten from both of you helps keep me going even when it is hard. I have to say I watched Christine cross the finish line and got a little teary because I knew what it meant to her. Also the tutu is even more amazing in person!!

  13. Samantha at 4:55 AM #

    Great post! I have to get some of my friends (and my husband!) to read this! There are so many people who don’t think they can run. Or do run but don’t think they can increase their distances. Crazy talk!

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