I just recently laid to rest my trail runners. Unfortunately, the smell, the worn-out hole, and missing sole was enough to put them to pasture. They were a good shoe and sturdy companion throughout this winter. I can say with sadness that they will be dearly missed.
However, in times passing life must move-on and it was time for me to purchase a new sneaker to be my running companion.
I looked high and low for the sneaker that would suit my crackling knees and fussy shins.
The moment I saw them, I knew they would be the perfect fit. The store clerk got my size and we began to talk about running as I tried them on wandered about the store.
“What do you think?”
“They feel great!”
“It’s more of a minimalist sneaker. It’s very popular! But you know someone told me if you wear Nike’s you can’t be considered a real runner.”
I looked at her with an eye roll, “Really?”
She replied, “Yes, there are lots of people out there that believe it. You would be surprised.”
I laughed at her, “Isn’t that a bit elitist?”
But It got me thinking – what makes a runner? Who has the right to look at your shoes and declare if you are a runner or not?
It was obvious to me that I may not be the fastest runner, nor do I run long distances. But almost everyday I try to hit the pavement training for my first 10km race at the end of May.
It is on my runs, I sweat, work-up a heart beat, pump my arms, and move my legs. In my books anyone who takes the time to set up a goal, reach a distance, and run is a runner. It’s not by your shoes, or your looks, but how you move your feet.
I can tell you I took my new babies out for a test run through the trails, hopping over puddles, and running in stride. They were everything I would want in a sneaker! So if that eliminates me as a runner to others – so be it! My heart, lungs, and feet know that I run and that’s all that matters!
How would you define a runner? Do you think there is there elitism in every sport?
Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/darciecameronlovesyoga