Slow Runner Solidarity!

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!

Slow Runners Come Out Ahead

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!


3 Responses to “Slow Runner Solidarity!”

  1. Karen Says:

    Dymphna would like to point out who won that famous race.

  2. beanolc Says:

    You want to know the only two reasons why I care about my pace?
    1) I only get 30 minutes to exercise in the morning, and I want to maximize that. I will not get up any earlier than I already do, and I can’t leave later than I do, so that means run faster baby!
    2) The last time I was last in a race I got lost. I want to do a little better so I don’t get left behind completely.

    I have a turtle on my shoulder because I have long embraced my inner slowpoke.

  3. uncoveringfood Says:

    You are a runner. Don’t call yourself anything else. Don’t make apologies. Don’t preface it. You rock!

    “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” ― John Bingham

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