Runner’s Pride

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I finally finished reading Dean Karnazes’ incredible book 50/50 this weekend which details his Endurance 50 race. The ultramarathon legend completed 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states in the US. Right towards the end of the book, which I encourage every one of you to read, he writes a paragraph that to me sums up how runners are, more often than not, perceived by non-runners:

“Finally, don’t be afraid to celebrate your quirkiness as a runner. Yeah, we do something that a lot of people view as a minor form of torture, but so what? We also do a lot of zany and wacky things that only us runners can relate to, like peeing in a shrub during a desperate moment, changing in the backseat of a car, or wearing a pair of running shoes to a social function. Sure, you might get some strange looks, probably some envious ones, too. With all the running you’ve been doing, you’re probably not such a bad sight to behold, sneakers and all! Wear your runner’s stigma like a badge of honor. Take pride in the fact that you are a little different, perhaps even a little eccentric, and enjoy every step of the way.”

Miles Left to Run: 301
NEXT RACE: Cheltenham Half Marathon (This weekend!)

Three Song Playlist

St Paul and The Broken Bones – All I Ever Wonder

Rag’n’Bone Man – Human

Keaton Henson – Alright

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