Not your average runner!

Hello and Happy Day to YOUUUUUUUU!!!!

I feel like I do a lot of admitting on this blog.

But that’s okay, we are friends right?

Best friends!

We are the three best friends that anyone could have!

You, Me and the Blog.

So, as your best friend, I feel that I can be honest with you.

I can right?

Of course I can.

Here it goes….

I am not your average runner.

12940_1143305663285_1762447_nI am not a size zero.

I have big feet.

I sweat a lot.

I use body glide, because chub rub… sucks.

I over-pronate, big time.

I get sunburned at 8 am.

I am injury prone.


That big frame of mine is strong.

Those over-pronating feet have carried me through 11  half marathons and 2 full marathon.

That gross sweat effectively cools my body down during long runs.

All of my injuries have made me a wiser runner.

With every negative thing I can say about my body, it can be turned it in to a positive.

Because, no matter how much I dislike my huge legs, my muffin top or my chub rub…

It’s who I am.


I run.

I might not be the fastest.

I might not look like Kara Goucher.

I may never qualify for Boston.

But, I run every race like it matters.

Because it does matter.

So, don’t ever count out those who don’t look like runners.

They get out there every day and run their race.

Because it matters to them.

So, to you, my fellow runners who don’t look like runners…

I salute you.

Don’t ever let society tell you how you should look…

or make you feel bad for who you are.

Run on.



42 thoughts on “Not your average runner!

  1. skinnyrunning says:

    Preach it! There are some weird stereotypes about what a runner “should” look like. I know I don’t fall into that group, and it’s nice to know I’m not the only one. When I tell people I run I see them look me up and down and it’s like I can read their thoughts: “how is she a runner?”


    • RatherBeRunnin' says:

      I hate that stereotype. It is super annoying. I have been running for years and have yet to look like the “typical” runner… but the truth is, there is no such thing as the typical runner anymore. 🙂


  2. rundebbsrun says:

    I really, really needed to read this today. I ran on a treadmill at a hotel fitness center this morning…staring at myself in the mirror the whole time. It was awful. I shouldn’t beat myself up about it though. At least I was doing it, right?! 🙂
    Thanks for your positive outlook!! Who cares what we look like? We’re kickin a$$ 🙂

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  3. Eribis says:

    I dont look like the “average runner” either and it’s taken a long time for me to even call myself a runner but I really like this post!
    Thank you!


  4. Lisa Jones says:

    This was a great post! I think the running community is the most welcoming bunch of people I’ve ever come in contact with. All the running groups I’ve been in have had the most supportive people and for all levels and types of runners.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. kelsnsher says:

    Like, Like, and a huge LOVE! I agree with every single part of this post and you’ve written it so wonderfully! Thank you for putting into words what so many of us feel!


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