I used to have an ideal version of myself as a runner—wearing a snazzy outfit with matching everything, tearing up the miles at a record-setting pace. In reality, I’ve never had matching workout clothes, and on some days a good speed walker could outpace me. But it’s always fun to dream, right?
You can always recognize those elite types, with legs that go on forever and that distant gaze as they think about the next race. As we all know, actual runners come in all ages, shapes, sizes, and gear.
Here’s a story about one of them.
Besides our ideal selves, most of us have negative versions of ourselves—too heavy, too slow—you probably can make your own list.
In fact, that’s what I’d like you to do: Make a list of what you think are your own worst shortcomings as a runner. Then ask yourself: How many of them are really true? I’d guess not nearly as many as you think!