Thursday, March 10, 2011

Get Running # 6 : You are a Runner

[People often tell me they would love to run, but can't. This is the sixth in a series of drabbles which, I hope, will get at least a couple of people who think they can't run, running.]

If you have been following the walk-run routine for the past two weeks, I am sure you are surprised by how long you can now run. You are closer to the psychological milestone of 20 minutes than you thought- in another couple of weeks you will be there.

By now, the aches and pains that characterized your first runs would have disappeared, leaving in its place a sense of exhilaration.

If you haven't started calling yourself a runner yet, it is time you did. Because the day you believe you are a runner is the day you actually become one.

drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

Other drabbles in the series-

Get Running # 1 : The Simple Joy of Running
Get Running # 2 : Everyone can Run
Get Running # 3 : Start Running
Get Running # 4 : Embrace the Pain
Get Running # 5 : Keep At It


Clarissa Draper said...

I am going to try this...when my routine normalizes but I want to get into shape and this would be a wonderful way to do it.

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - I think your last sentence is so important! It's all about how we see ourselves, isn't it? I think it's the same with writing. Lots of people who write don't think of themselves as writers and that's so limiting.

Michele Emrath said...

Running...has it's ups and downs for me. Hey! I may be in Kolkata this that near you?


L. Diane Wolfe said...

I am ready to start running again. I miss it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Just a little bit more every day...

Mary Vaughn said...

Last line says it all. Knees won't let me run any more but walking fills the gap.

LTM said...

my dear running friend. I miss you! I <3 U, and I need a good, long run. *sigh* ((hug))

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Clarissa - running is a way to get in shape. But once you get addicted to running, you keep in shape so you can run.

@ Margot - absolutely. When you start thinking you can do something you always can. In anything at all.

@ Michele - I grew up in Kolkata, but it is the other end of the country :-( Would you be passing through Mumbai at all?

@ Diane - do. Few things give the kind of high that running does.

@ Alex - always. Running, writing, anything.

@ Mary - you shouldn't try. But maybe you could look at power walking or something else knee friendly.

@ Leigh - sorry about being MIA for so long. Hope to get back into groove soon.


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