During my run tonight, I thought of my coworker and wife who JUST started endurance running. Kind of random, yes, but I’ve had a few conversations with him lately about getting into running and racing. It made me realize how much I really LOVE talking about the sport and I ESPECIALLY love talking to new runners. I also realized that we ALL need to think like new runners. Here’s why:
1. They aren’t cynical.
I don’t necessarily think that all runners becomes cynics, but I know that I have grown more and more cynical about running and racing since I started 4 years ago. There’s a negativity and self doubt that has crept into my training. Talking to new runners reminds me that I used to have a different mindset.
2. They are proud of their accomplishments and aren’t dwelling on PRs, splits, or speedwork.
Once upon a time I didn’t care about how fast I was running — I just wanted to finish a half marathon. Those were simplier times indeed.
Could I BE wearing any more clothes?
3. They are open to suggestions and ask for advice.
Who doesn’t love to give advice and talk about themselves? I also love helping people build on their passion. Passing on my “wisdom” makes me realize I’m not a rookie anymore – and what can I say? I’m proud of what I accomplished!
4. They are still discovering how amazing the running community is.
There are very few sports where newbies aren’t considered a “threat” but a welcome addition. One of my favorite things about running is that to be a runner, all you have to do is run. There’s no other requirement. And that’s we love that about you.
5. They like trying out new gear.
I mean, who doesn’t? And who doesn’t love to talk about what has and hasn’t worked for you?
Hey, remember when I had Dorothy Hamill hair? And no boobs? Obviously that look wasn’t working for me.
6. They are excited to discover and talk to other runners.
It’s almost like an instant connection. Running MUST make the world go round.
7. They haven’t experienced the thrill of crossing the finish line.
And in my opinion, that is the best part of racing (well, that and the post-race beer). I am so damn excited for them to complete their first race and experience that “race euphoria.” So much to look forward to!!
8. They are just discovering that running never takes more than it gives back.
Because it’s true. And when you really realize it – something just clicks.
9. They aren’t caught up in races, medals, or training plans.
Finishing is the goal. For me, I just wanted to run with my best running buddy and not die. Such simpler times.
My first race – almost 3 years ago!
10. They run for fun.
I still run for fun – but it’s not as pure as it once was. And that pureness? It’s SUCH a high. I got to relive it when I ran the OUC Half Marathon last December. I wasn’t running for time. I was running to have fun with my best running buddy. And it reminded me that it’s actually the reason I started running in the first place.
Why do you run? What do you love about new runners? Thinking about running??? DO IT!!!