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JUST the 10k?

Cleveland Marathon weekend is so popular that everywhere I went the past few months someone asked me “are you running the Cleveland half or the full?”. And I always tried to respond with “I’m running the 10k!”. But there were a few times I caught myself saying “no, just the 10k”.

Ummmmmm…….what, Heather? What a total douche bag comment.


No matter what distance you ran this past weekend, the 5k, 10k, half or full marathon – we were ALL runners. We ALL got our butts out of bed early on race morning, made the trek downtown, and ran our little hearts out.

We ALL crossed the same starting line and ALL lapped those who were still in bed when we got home!

COULD I have run the half marathon on Sunday? Of course! But did I WANT to? HELL NO. So I should have never felt the need to say “just the 10k”, it was my decision and one that I was completely fine with. Actually, MORE than fine with.


So when someone asks what distance you are running, or what max weight you are lifting, don’t ever sell yourself short. Be proud!

Have you ever caught yourself saying “I am, but just the…….”? Why?

  1. Dawn
    May 22nd, 2013 at 21:30 | #1

    ha….i found myself saying ‘i just ran the half and my time was not very good’…you are right, i really need to get over that! Thanks

  2. Jenay
    May 22nd, 2013 at 21:37 | #2

    I was saying the same thing too…i had fun and was glad i got to hang out with you after!

  3. May 22nd, 2013 at 21:42 | #3

    Totally! We shouldn’t sell ourselves short!

  4. May 23rd, 2013 at 07:43 | #4

    theres no JUST anything when we git off the couch and out of the house.

  5. May 23rd, 2013 at 09:11 | #5

    this totally mad me laugh. in part because as we running near edgewater on sunday there was a group right next to me who was having this conversation…”running JUST the 1/2″ — you could not have said it better. we all ran our *big hearts out and each of us is a runner!

  6. May 23rd, 2013 at 09:20 | #6

    I recently ran a 5K. It wasn’t just a 5k…it was a 5K and I ran it one foot in front of the other :)

  7. May 23rd, 2013 at 09:47 | #7

    I do this all the time with 5k’s, but sometimes those can be the most challenging. Dropping seconds off a faster race is hard. Each distance is a different beast and we should be proud of what we’re able to do.

  8. May 23rd, 2013 at 09:50 | #8

    I do this ALL the time in life, not just running. “Thanks for completeing XYZ Project” Me: “It was nothing”, “You’re hair looks nice?” Me”This mess? no.”

    I did it just the other day when tweeting about my straight A’s from the semester “I know this is lame but I got straight A’s”. I’m working on not minimizing things I’m proud of and learning to accept compliments more gratefully.

  9. May 23rd, 2013 at 18:20 | #9

    I do that all the time with running. I don’t know why I feel like less of a runner just because I haven’t done a half or a marathon. Yeah, I need to stop that too. I hope you have an incredible long weekend with your men!

  10. May 24th, 2013 at 15:05 | #10

    I think it’s a subconscious response since once you start running longer distances, your typical training run is about 6 miles and that’s a recovery day.
    I would say it’s not selling yourself short since we all know that running a 10K is just as hard but for a shorter time than a marathon since we put so much more effort in over a shorter distance.

  11. May 24th, 2013 at 17:40 | #11

    You are not on the sidelines by any stretch of the imagination, so don’t sell yourself short Heather! I will want to be like you when I grow up (even though I am 15+ years older than you!)

  12. May 24th, 2013 at 18:23 | #12

    I had the opposite of this last year, when I was training for a 5K. Everyone was all “just the 5K?!” Geesh! I didn’t go in to the fact that I was still running 30+ miles a week and doing lots of specific training! You are right, just getting out there, and moving, no matter what you are doing, is great!

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