I’m a slow runner. You’d probably call what I do jogging? My friend Denise, another slow runner, calls it slogging – slow + jogging. I’ve been a runner (using that term loosely) for 12+ years now and I’ve never tracked or worked to improve my speed because I couldn’t care less how fast I run. I track my time – I aim to run for 40 to 60 minutes each time, so I can know how much I’ve burned.
But sometimes if you call yourself a runner but don’t care about pace or speed you start to feel a little bit isolated, and maybe like you don’t deserve the label if you’re not trying to go faster. Speed seems to be the only thing other runners care about! Everybody posts their race times, their treadmill paces, how much faster they are going each week! But I still don’t care about improving my speed. I just don’t, because I’m not a competitive person, and I’m not running to win anything.
Therefore I was excited yesterday when a friend posted an article that vindicates all us slow runners!
This article makes me so happy! Finally, a little bit of science shows that what I’m doing is not just ok, but possibly absolutely right! I’ve long felt that if I’m running at all, I’m doing what my body needs me to do. So, friends, let’s get on out there and slow jog! I’ll be the one getting passed by the speed walkers, and I’m ok with that!