Through my blog, someone recently called me a “great runner”.
It was an odd thing to happen. On one hand, I was flattered by the kind gesture. But, the other side of me felt uncomfortable being called “great” because I just didn’t believe it. There are many, many great runners and I don’t consider myself a part of their realm. I mean, Terry Fox was great. Haile Gebrselassie is great. Paula Radcliffe is great. Ed Whitlock is great.
And me? I’m way down the list. I’m not elite. I’m not sub-elite. I’m somewhere between sub-sub-sub-sub-sub-elite and sub-sub-sub-sub-sub-sub-elite.
Still, the comment stayed with me. I thought to myself, “Are there things that I can be proud of? Things that are pretty great about my running”?
I let the questions simmer for several months and came up with a little list of what makes me a great runner.
1. I don’t give up: Over the years, I’ve battled against injuries and chronic pain and I’m still running.
2. Consistency: If you give me a plan, I will follow it. I’m sort of a Rudy of running – I will do the work because I know I don’t have a lot of talent and work is the only way I will improve.
3. Passion: “A Passion for Running” is the name of my blog – the name came to me very quickly. I love running. I absolutely love running. There will be something about running in my epitaph. My passion for running – more than anything – is what makes me a great runner.
It’s your turn. What makes you a great runner? And don’t tell me you’re not a great runner because you are. Maybe you’re great because you’ve shed a lot of pounds through running. Or maybe you’re great because you raised money for a good cause through running. Or maybe you’re great because you get out there when others make excuses not to.
Make a list and put it some place where you’ll see it. There are far too many negative places in the world. Let this be a place that helps you understand why you’re not half bad.
Ok, let’s hear ya. What makes you great?