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On Behalf Of All the 10+ Minute Mile Runners

Written on July 13, 2012 at 11:54 am , by

I know that for many of you who read Fitness Magazine, running a 10 minute mile is no big deal. In fact, you may be like my husband who says it is physically painful for him to run as slow as I run.

So on behalf of all the 10+ minute mile runners out there, I have a few things I’d like to tell the rest of the world.

1. Yes, we ARE running.

It’s true. You may be able to walk as fast as we are running. It may look like a slow jog to you, but we are giving it all we’ve got. Please do not insult us by telling us we are not really running. We are giving it everything we’ve got.

2. It is OUR race too.

At a recent 10k race, we ran on roads that had to have some level of vehicle access. The volunteers did an awesome job of directing traffic. The drivers, however, weren’t so kind. I actually had a UPS driver honking at us, tell us to stop so he could get through. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? You know there is a race going on! I turned and yelled at him, “I am having the best 10k of my life! PLEASE do not do this!” Less than half a mile from the finish line, a volunteer directed a car to cross across the road in a gap in front of me. It would have been just fine – except that the car behind him went too, blocking my access to the road. I got SO mad. I ran around the car, smacking it with my hand as I went past. Childish? Probably. I couldn’t believe that I had run over 5.5 miles without walking but that car tried to get in my way. It was as though I wasn’t even racing. As if I didn’t matter.

True, I may not have been racing against others in the race itself. The first place runner had long since finished. But I was in a race – against myself. Against the voices in my head telling me it would be easier to walk. Against those feelings of self-doubt. Of not feeling good enough. And you know what? I won that race!

3. We can use some encouragement too.

Sometimes it’s easy to cheer for the people running a ridiculous 5:20 mile on the race course. And yes, I’m sure they appreciate the cheers too. But please save some for those runners gutting out a 12 minute mile.

You don’t know their battle – what they have overcome. You may be tired of cheering by the time we pass by a half hour later, but please muster up a cheer. You never know how much your encouragement might mean to someone!

Any other 10+ Minute Mile Runners have something you’d like people to know? Please share! 

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Callie, 29, is a working mom in Venice, Florida who blogs about her journey to a healthier lifestyle and hopes to inspire a few other “wannabe athletes” along the way. You can follow her on Twitter at @AthleteWannabe or on Facebook at  /TheWannabeAthlete.

  • http://pvcpft.weebly.com/ pvcpft

    I’m a 1/2 marathoner power walker and a 5K runner and I don’t care who likes it or not. I love it and that’s all that matters to me.

  • http://twitter.com/UncommonWine Carrie

    I just love this. Thank yoU!

  • bryan brouwer

    I run a 11 minute mile and quite enjoy myself. 

    I am constantly reading about all of these “out of shape” people who can only run an 8 or 9 minute mile.  Or, descriptions of you should easily be able to finish this 5k in 20 minutes.

    How does this work?  I run 38 miles a month, quite a bit for someone who has to actually work too.  Maybe because I’m 48, everyone is just that much faster than me.

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    I ran 10+ minute miles for a long time but was never discouraged at all. I was often passed by the faster and fitter but I was always doing 6 mile runs and figured its a “marathon not a sprint” and “slow and steady wins the race”. Many times when someone blew by me I would pass them a couple minutes later bent over and breathing heavy. I guess they were working on some other type of workout but I was just in it for the distance. All those 10+ minute miles helped me lose 40 pounds and now I’m averaging 8.5-9 minute miles and am thrilled with that. I often pass people who are plodding along and admire them for just being out doing something and not worrying about the haters out there. Besides its positive thinking that gets me through, as I average 35-40 miles a week, most people I know don’t walk that in year and couldn’t run a mile anyways.