To the svelte runners

Dear Svelte Runners:

I know it is hard for you to understand when you come gliding past someone like me that maybe this is my normal speed/stance/self. I don’t look like a typical runner. I tend to run with my head down a little bit so I don’t see how much further I have to go (I know this is incorrect). I always have a water belt on cause I don’t like to hold a bottle and it is very possible that I will be out here double your time, even though we are running the same distance, and I get thirsty.

If 2 women run the same mile, a 15 minute miler (like me) will take 1,987 steps, a 10 minute miler will take 1,709 steps*. That means it takes me an extra 278 steps to get to the same location. Believe it or not after 3 miles, 5 miles, 13 miles, 26 miles, those extra steps add up!

And typically these slower runners are overweight, we are literally pounding the pavement. So, when you run up and ask us “are you doing ok” or “how’s it going” it just reminds us how far we still have to go. Now, if I’m lying on the ground please help me out! Otherwise, say good morning and keep going. Or you can keep chatting if you are going to stay with me for a bit. If you are going to ask me pseduo-interested questions as you keep running past, just keep running.

While I would love to be able to run a mile in a faster time what I would prefer is to be able to have running be effortless. I covet those runners who looks like they just glide through their run like it is an enjoyable experience not just something to be completed for athletic purposes.

The harder part, is that, I remember what it was like to run like that. When I was 15 and running every day. Even though I was playing a sport I could run circles around people. I loved it but I never ran for enjoyment. Now, when I train, I remember the days when I was just like you. Someone who loved to run because it was easy. Now, 15 years later and far too many pounds heavier, I can remember those times and realize how far I have to go to get back there.

So please, when you are talking to your slower paced friends about your dreams of Boston, remember that most of us just have dreams of an easy run. I won’t lie, I want to be faster because the duration of the run would be less. I want to feel like an athlete again not just someone training for a goal. I want to be able to run a race as a competer not just a completer. I’m working on these goals, every day, but that doesn’t make my goals any less than yours. It just may take me a little longer to get there!

Anyone else feel this way?


Paces found – *

Published by Kim Teter

I am a 35 year old living in Maryland. I'm trying to find a balance between a healthy lifestyle and actually having a life.

5 thoughts on “To the svelte runners

  1. Yes! Also, did you see the chick on the August cover of Women’s Running? I love to see an ‘atypical’ runner’s body getting some media attention – in a good way!

    1. I figured there had to be others out there who felt that way! Maybe we could commiserate together! 🙂

      1. I’ve just made my peace with it really. I’m not small, light, lean or fast. I have asthma and arthritis. I think I’m doing well to be upright some days, let alone running! I just remember all those sat on their backsides instead, cos we’re lapping them at least

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