Hiya! First of all, a HUGE HUGE THANK YOU to my awesome readers. Yesterday was quite drama filled here on RWS! In case you missed out, I got a random rude comment on my WDW marathon recap part 2 post. Comment #20. The outpouring of support and love from you all was awesome. I received tweets, Facebook comments, text messages, e-mails, etc. along with all the blog comments and felt so loved by you all! It meant so much to me, more than you will know. This is what the running/healthy living community should be!
I was shocked when I read it, how and WHY would someone want to diminish my accomplishment? To make themselves feel better? faster? Like more of a runner? It just makes no sense. Just because you think something is true, doesn’t mean you should say it.
I think it’s so cool how God works. Not long ago I wrote this post. Do you remember it? I talked about mean commenters, or “the not so nice” and I talked about having a game plan for how to deal with them if the situation should arise on your blog. I am SO glad I wrote that post. It caused me to create a game plan, and it helped me to not let one sad person rock my world and ruin my self esteem. I was taken aback when I first read it, yes of course, but I honestly laughed about it and felt sorry for the commenter. Making a young girl feel bad about her greatest accomplishment is so laughable! Due to my game plan and confidence in myself, I was able to sleep soundly last night. Not to mention, it drove my blog traffic up, awesome!
In case you are too lazy to click on the link, I will break it down for you. I was accused of not being a “real runner” because my marathon time was too slow. hhhmmm….But…what about my half marathon times? my 5k times? They are ok I think….so do I get to be called a “runner” again? it totally makes no sense.
The commenter suggested “real runners run 75-100+ miles a month. Ok…So now we are suggested you are ONLY a runner IF you run long distances? I’m sure the Olympic champions in the 100 meters would have some beef with that. Just because they excel in a shorter distance means they are not runners? it’s SO comical to even consider!
Through all of this I was never able to pin down the “stipulations” for being a runner. But, in true blog drama fashion, I felt like it really needed to be addressed because there have been many blogger attacks lately dealing with fast times, slow times, what makes you a runner, etc.
I believe I 100% am a runner. I train, I race, I enjoy running, no matter my times, MPW etc. I run, therefore, I am a runner, and darn proud of it!
So I would like to hear from you. What makes YOU a runner? Is it your gear? your PR’s? your MPW? Your desire to be more healthy? How many races you have run? Please share your thoughts, I am so curious!
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