I'm definitely starting to feel less intimidated about running with other people. I ended up running with a guy who was there for the first time and we ran and chatted the whole way round the 4 and a bit mile route. Which was great. But as we were finishing, the guy was saying 'I don't think I could keep up with you over a longer distance' etc...
... and the funny thing was, I get the impression these days that people think I'm better at running than I am because a) I run every day and b) I guess I look like people imagine a runner to look. I've gone from being an obese puddin' in January last year to being a size 8... wearing running shorts and a vest... and I suppose that's what looks like a runner.
It just goes to show that you shouldn't judge anyone by what they look like. I was so intimidated by the 'proper runners'. Y'know... those wearing shorts... decent running shoes... a vest top... kinda wiry looking. A bit like I look now! When someone says to me 'I don't think I'll be able to keep up with you' without seeing me run, I know that they've thought 'she's a proper runner'! When I'm not! I'm barely off being a beginner. I'm 18 months off the couch. I've run two races. Ever. My times aren't particularly quick. I still find running *really* hard (even though I love doing it). And I still doubt whether I can run the distance I'm setting out to do!
But tonight, I put that insecurity to one side and just enjoyed my running. And discovered, yet again, that runners are a lovely lot. Nice way to spend a Wednesday evening!
Geeky stats stuff
|Avg Pace:||8:29 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||148 ft|