Hurt feelings

Goofy training

Week fourteen

I have had my feelings hurt a few times in the last week (sometimes I’m a little sensitive). By friends. By clients. By loved ones. And relevant to these posts, by a perfect stranger.

Saturday I was out at the lake and I passed an elderly lady who was walking, who saw fit to inform me that I would never finish a long run doing intervals. I quietly said, “well, actually, I ran a marathon this way.” She snorted, “well, it must have taken you all day.” Um, yeah. Not all day, but as I told her, it did take me a long time. This lady who described herself as a “decades long runner” took one look at me and decided I was clearly destined to fail. (No, I didn’t trip her. I sped up and ran away from any more of her “advice.”)

So today, I really needed this note from another runner:

I had to try to read this three times before I could do it without tearing up. (Thanks for the share, Jodi!) I’m not a good runner. But I’m still a runner, even though I’ll never win a race, and even if it does take me all damn day to finish.

I’ll never be a top ten fundraiser, either, but I’ve still raised some money for the cause. If you’d like to contribute, the link is No amount is too small. And thank you, again, for each of you who has bought a ticket or pjs or donated to the cause over the last few years. I’m not sure I could ever believe in myself if your donations didn’t show me that all of you believe in me, too.

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Running and thinking about life one step at a time.
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1 Response to Hurt feelings

  1. cdwillisesq says:

    I’m so happy that you found what I wrote and that it reached you at a time when you needed it. Don’t let anyone talk you out of doing your thing: the running community needs every single person out there. Keep doing your thing, no matter how you do it! I’ll see you out there, and maybe if you point out that old lady, I’ll whizz by her really close and give her a scare. 😉 Always, Chris Willis

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