Group Runs…Fun Runs…

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I think I’m going to explain the fear that most people have with joining these type of running group events.

When the “no person is left behind” motto comes out, we don’t believe it for a minute. Our guilt kicks in and we know we are not the best of the best of those running. We have this fear that we will be left behind. We have this guilt about holding someone back.  So we just don’t run in group runs. When someone offers to run with us we never know if the offer is serious or just a pity offer. We end up with guilt because we know you are better and we are just a hold back.

I’ve been told that “no person is left behind” and everyone runs as a group. I had the chance this past weekend to go out as a cheerleader to support my fellow running family. I guess it was my way of looking to see how well the whole “we run together… no one is left behind” goes.

I watched a group of people come to the finish area and check/stop their garmins etc, looked at their time and see how well they ran. Again, I thought it was a “fun run”, out supporting each other. Nor did these people turn and run back, to bring in the last of the people. There was a bit of a long break between the “Elites” and the next group as well as an extend time to those who came in with the tail end. Again, I thought this was a fun run, run as a group, whether you are an “Elite” (Or think you are) and have to do a light jog beside the person you are running with or could end up walking, but you still run as a group.

If it’s a fun run, why are garmins allowed? Maps can lay out routes that can tell you the distance. Time shouldn’t mean a thing on a fun run? Maybe I am just wrong, maybe I need to become competitive in running a fun run?

Why can’t the elite runners who came in first turn around and bring in the back half? Or yet, why can’t they push and support someone in the back half, who has the fear and anxiety that they are last even in a fun run.

This again is the whole fear factor that the back half of any pack of runners have, we just are not good enough to run in a fun run, group run. It’s like the fear of being picked last in public school. We just end up feeling like asses. So we just don’t bother to come out. Maybe the “Elite” runners consider those of us who run a bit and end up walking a bit as not legit runners? Someone has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to being equals in the running community.

A fun run needs to be organized in which pairs “Elites” with the back half of the runners, so both parties benefit. “Elites” can actually remember what it is like to be starting out. To re-experience the struggles those of us in the back of the pack have. The “Elites” can maybe push us a bit harder, to experience something out of comfort zone but also realize we have what it takes. When was the last time someone had a conversation during a fun run with a beginner runner? Both parties benefit to learn something new. But maybe you’re a gifted runner who has no idea what the struggles some runners have.

So until I better myself as a runner, I highly doubt I’ll ever participate in a “fun run” only because I don’t need to be last or felt left behind by my running family. We all are playing in the sandbox, so someone needs to remove the line (or the word “Fun”) and remember we all are equal.

Team Nuun!

How can I even express how much it means to me that this amazing company has taken me on under their wing and made me a part of the team… well I can’t. BUT I can tell you that I love NUUN and the whole lot of products they have to offer.

Anyone who gets me knows I need to avoid sugar, so you never will see me drinking crap like Gatorade or any of those “sports” drinks.

Just check out this list of products and what they offer to each of you, including those in the back of the pack like myself. It is a product that every level of runner or athlete can use.

https://nuun.com/products/

For us Canadians, you can buy this product locally at MEC, Sports Chek, Tri & Run Sports in Trenton, Ontario, but check with your local running shops.

When I applied to become an ambassador for this company, I was seeing who else was applying by way of SM, and I truly was thinking “I don’t stand a chance”. I’m not elite, my main goal is just to finish, and get the last half of any run across the same finish line. This is why this company is truly amazing, because they saw me as an athlete.

So thank you again Nuun for seeing that everyone needs to #StayHydrated

I shall do all my Nuun teammates proud.

The back of the pack is represented!

Nuun

 

 

Who Inspires Me….

I’ve recently been asked a few times what or who inspires me…..

I think as a runner we all have someone who motivates us, inspires us and that one person who just never gives up on us. We may not realize that the one person just in life, who inspires us, makes us want to be a better person, but also to make ourselves proud. I am lucky enough to have both…..

My best friend is the person I looked to as inspiration to start running. She started and I always was the driver and cheerleader to run events. I’ve waited in the cold, wind, rain and on days when the sun was crazy hot, but I was the cheerleader. I’ve stood beside some awesome people as I’ve clapped and cheered runners in across the finish line. Koren, has been that one person, who has pushed me to get to the gym, get outside and do training. She inspires me to keep pushing myself to be a better runner. We’ve ran many runs together, but it has never been that we cross at the same time. This coming February, we will be crossing the Disney Princess 5K together, as besties who run together. Even racing each other on the treadmill (yes she always wins) during training, encourages me to push myself to be better to get fully outside my comfort zone. Since I’ve started running, she has waited for me at finish lines, all with smiles and showing me she is proud of me.  Koren is not only my best friend, but she is a sister to me. We inspire each other at the end of the day, with our goals and dreams; we never leave each other behind, and will tow the other until our feet get back going again. I could go on and on about how she is my sister and I love her and will always support her as she does for me…

 

Matt, motivates me with his constant, “get used to be uncomfortable pep talks”. Encouraging me when I feel I just don’t think I can do a run, but at the same time providing me with the support of “game play” for running. There are times I just want to tune him out, but I know that its friendship love pushing me, when I truly need it.

When I share an idea, he doesn’t push me back down to a comfortable zone. My first marathon when my next dream is accomplished it will be this amazing friend bringing me in to that finish line. He’ll be paying it forward and back to me, by being the on course cheerleader. This takes a friend to offer this up, to not be selfish and totally give back to the run and help me accomplish a dream and a goal all with no added benefit for him.

My friend Mike isn’t a runner in my league of running and I’m pretty sure if I ask him again he will tell me he hates it. He doesn’t inspire me to be a better runner, only never to give up, but what makes him who he is to me, is that he makes me believe in myself. He is the one friend, who plays the devil’s advocate with me. He reminds me that health at times comes before a run and mostly I always should be listening to a doctor when it comes to my lungs and my most recent woe of the stress fracture. He at times is that stern person who will never be afraid to tell me no, bad idea, which makes me proud to call him my friend even more.

He inspires me to want to do better for myself, but mostly never to change who I am. If I could have asked for a brother, it would be Mike and I do consider him my family. I may never in my running career see him at the finish line cheering me on, but he is the first person that gets the message, that I’ve finished. They say blood is thicker than water, but I can love water just as easy and know I have support.  I could never thank him enough for what he has done to date to help me, motivate me, or how he has actually inspired me to be better. Mike has my back in life. He listens to everything whether he wants to or not. He’s seen my emotions and never backed away.  Thank you Mike for being in my corner.

At the end of the day, running is just like life, strategy, game play, mental and lots of laugh. These three people have my back, are the wall that pushes me, who help me around my own walls and fears.

Have you ever thought who your support people are? For running and life? Who are those people you turn to, without realizing it? Who you turn to for help, when you’ve hit that mental wall… Give those people thanks, hug them and tell them, how they make you happy in life and in running. Treasure today as tomorrow is just a gift….