No Category selected My Name is Terri and I am a Runner

    My Name is Terri and I am a Runner

    Esther inspiring the runners to do more
    Dave and Bryan a couple of quick runners
    Dave and Bryan a couple of quick runners

     The Gazelle and I were talking about interesting stuff.  And while we were giggling and writing the Top 11 Ways You Are a Runner When … I came up with my own little poem about running.  I didn’t want to call it a runners rant, because that seemed to me to be negative.  I wanted something that was positive and fun.  I hope you find some inspiration in this when you read it.  And as usual, feel free to pass along any comments you have! With thanks to the folks who came up with the Rant!   Without further ado ….


    I am a jogger, or a runner

    I wear spandex, not cotton.  I can  wear climatech or wicking technology.

    I can run a 5, a 10, a half or a full marathon.

    Esther inspiring the runners to do more
    Esther inspiring the runners to do more

    I can wear Mizuno, Saucony, Brooks or New Balance

    I can run in the Road2Hope, the Jingle Bell, the Hanukah Hustle or the Ottawa Marathon.

    I can choose to carry a water bottle or wear a fuel belt.

    I can do long, slow runs

    Or I can do speed work and fartleks.

    I can use a Garmin

    Or the plain watch that I got from my local department store.

    I can choose to run in a group

    Or by myself.

    I can choose to run at 7.00 a.m. to beat the summer humidity,

    Or I can run at 5 pm to catch the last of the light in winter.

    I can run along the side of a road, or along trails through the woods.

    I can run in the across the border race and cross two countries in one run.

    I can run my own pace,

    Or try to match another runners pace.

    I can proudly wear a green garbage bag to run in the rain,

    Or I can wear a waterproof running jacket.

    I can choose my own course.

    Because I am a runner. 

    My name is (fill in your name here) and I AM a runner.

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    A runner for almost two years, Terry recently had the mildly traumatic experience of trying to find a flattering pair of running pants (“Isn’t running about pushing personal boundaries and just getting out there and moving? Except when you don’t look in the least bit like Paula Radcliffe.”). But although she may have been a bit embarrassed by “helpful handsome guy” at the store, she keeps a great perspective through her running experiences. Pushing through a number of injuries early in her running career, she got right back to training for her next race. “The feeling of elation when I crossed the finish line is unimaginable,” says Terry. Sounds like she’s hooked for good!