I’ma Penguin

Here’s the thing. I am a runner. Well, more of a jogger, really. Or maybe I’ma Penguin. Penguins run for the joy of running, not to beat other runners or win races. I mostly do it as a meditative method. After running I always feel better. Less stressed, more free. I have been running since 1995. I was running within three weeks of my motorcycle accident. I used to run right through the Minnesota winters, too.

What’s my point? My point is I think I can honestly say I am a jogger. When I miss a run, however, like that day I tried to run on the treadmill (see it here) and couldn’t manage it, I forget all of that. I worry that I’m lazy, that I’m never going to run again, that I’m not really dedicated, that somehow I’m not a runner….Why do we do things like that to ourselves? I mean, really, what is the point of such negative self-talk?!

I’m writing this post so that next time I miss a run I can look back and remember that I am, in fact, a runner. Er, a Penguin. This is my affirmation to my Penguin self.

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