I know that I have.
I think that most people have an idea of what a runner's body should look like, and many of us strive for that ideal when we begin to run or to think about running.
I know that I had those thoughts quite often in the past. They motivated me to want to run. I was more about getting that long, lean, look than I was about being a runner.
But I had an epiphany recently, while I was running.
Here's what I realized: Right now, at this very moment, I HAVE A RUNNER'S BODY.
You wanna know how I know that? Because I am a runner.
There is no reason to strive for some "ideal" that is likely unrealistic for most people, especially for those of us who cannot devote every day to running and who are genetically destined to be pears or apples. Instead, we need to all focus on getting healthy, embracing ourselves as we are, and embracing our bodies as they are (and remember all the while that the size of our bodies does not dictate beauty, either outward OR inner beauty).
I'm not there yet, but I'm working hard towards it! Today I ran 1.25 mile straight, 2.5 miles total. By the end of March, I will be able to run 3.1 miles straight (a 5K). By October 6, 13.1 miles hopefully... So there is no doubt in my mind that I am now a runner.
And if you run, you are a runner, and you have a runner's body. So enjoy it!!!
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