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    What sets us apart?


    Chatting with runners and non-runners alike, a debate that comes up from time to time is the so-called “runner personality”.  Is there a particular personality that sets runners apart from non-runners?  Do you have to be a “certain type of person”?

    I don’t know if there is such a thing as a runner personality, but there are some traits that you could argue a lot of runners share.  You might find runners to be goal-oriented, determined (stubborn?), competitive, self-critical while encouraging of others.  But overall, I would have to say that runners are as diverse a bunch as the general population.

    The only thing that all runners have in common, which also happens to be the thing to set them apart from non-runners is this:

    One day, they didn’t say “I can’t.”

    Some of them might have said “I wonder….”

    All of them, at some point, said “I can,” and they did.

    That’s it.

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!