There are so many different types of runners. There are kinds that run in groups, soloists, early birds, night owls, outdoor lovers, indoor machine grinders, hill seekers, city dwellers, countryside adventurers, mountain climbers, beach trackers, those who love hot weather, those who love cold weather, long distance marthoners, short distance sprinters, the list goes on and on. Some people run in next to nothing, some like as much coverage as possible. There are confident endurance seekers and run/walk beginners. Some are competitive with others, some are competitive with themselves, while others are just doing it for the fun or health benefits. I think this goes for almost every kind of exercise or physical activity, or mental states in general. These are also the exact reasons why one should never be intimidated to start something new, as there is no right or wrong way to make it your own. When I’ve told people in the past that I love to do triathlon (not so much this year since I’m taking 2012 off), they think I am a crazy person. What they don’t realize is that I busted up in my first sprint tri with a mountain bike, cheated in the majority of the swim (water was shallow) and almost walked the entire run portion. Nobody ever said that you had to be good in order to participate. You have to start somewhere. Before I knew it I had enough confidence to do a Half Ironman, two even, which still gives me the best feeling of pride to look back on. But I know runners, like Vero for example, who have no desire to do races or train. She just loves it because it makes her feel good. Because of that, she is one of the best and dedicated athletes I know. I think everyone should have a physical activity that they love to do, no matter what it is. Walking, running, cycling, swimming, yoga – our bodies just need to move. They were made to do activity. I sit in front of a desk most of the day five days a week, so I really look forward to getting the opportunity to be outside and be free. I much prefer being outdoors than inside a gym. Nature is free, and belongs to everyone. You don’t need a gym membership to be active. You don’t need to spend a dime.
So what kind of athlete am I? I am a runner. I love to run outdoors with Vero and Brandi or on my own, with music or silence, with nothing but the open road in front of me and the sky above. Sometimes I have races or goals, sometimes I just run to stay in shape. Other times I run just because I want to. That’s the best reason of all.