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Anyway, I hardly see any runners around, only in some heavily dense neighborhoods. Besides that, mainly joggers who spend their entire run running in circles around a park and who think they are running.[/B][/QUOTE]
Hey, runners are runners, even in circles!!! Your comment might be offensive to beginners or others who like park circles.
I like the last comments made about some parents & their excuses for not working out. The bottom line is that they are paving the way for an unhealthy future for not only themselves but their children as well. If the parents do not model a truly healthy lifestyle, and they expect their children to take no responsibility...well it's a bad recipe. My dad raised 2 kids and stayed in wonderful shape. It's about making a committment to yourself- there is nothing wrong with it. Everyone deserves some time to themselves each day.
Personally I think some people are intimidated by runners, but it's not the running that intimidates them. It's the focus, drive and dedication that comes from a runner's soul - that is what intimidates people.
2 sayings that have always motivated me came from high school sports coaches and camps:
The mind tires before the body
It's either in your heart or it's in your face!:)
Honestly I think you guys hit the nail on the head. Generally, "running" to anyone but a "runner" is completely boring. Nobody but a runner would ever get why you run and push yourself the way you do. I generally don't go too much into details about my running. Especially not triathlons. I always get the "You're freaking nuts Eric". So honestly I don't mention it too much. Doesn't bother me though as it's mostly about personal achievement in my eyes. The fit look you get from endurance sports is definately an awesome perk you get for living healthy though.