I used to say "I am not a runner" because I never saw myself as a runner. I wanted to be one. I wanted to be one of those women who was flying on the asphalt with the wind blowing in their hair. They looked so free from everything like nothing could defeat them. I wanted to be one of those women as I was making my way through the couch to 5K program but what I never realized then.... the minute I started I was already a "runner". There wasn't some magical finish line that dictated whether or not I was worthy of the title of "runner". It was simply my own head that needed to get a thought in there.
The barriers that we put up for ourselves are just that. Self-imposed barriers. We are setting ourselves up to do something that we already fear we may fail at so we are almost safeguarding our hearts from things that we have already earned. Sure, when I started C25K I had not run a race yet BUT where does it define a runner is equivalent to someone who ran a race? We need to stop being so hard on ourselves. Tasks are hard enough already without the emotional baggage of not feeling good enough for something.
Whether you have decided to run this morning or have been for a long time, you ARE a runner to me.
"Keep your head up, keep your heart strong" - Shalane Flanagan