Fast forward 20 years :) I became one. A Runner.
It still doesn't come natural to me. I have to push myself. HARD. I will never be a fast runner. But I have trained and run in 2 half-marathons (13.1 miles) and 1 full-marathon (26.2 miles) so far...and in 3 weeks from tomorrow, I will be running in my 2nd one.
For whatever reason, this time around I am running much much slower. I don't know why. My body is not allowing my to run at 10-11min paces on these longer runs like I have in previous rounds of training. Just getting under 13 min/mi paces right now, actually makes me happy. LOL. My body just is not cooperating this time around. BUT, here's the point to my realization... As long as I am giving the best that I know that I can give on any particular training run...then I am thrilled. How many people can say that they have put in all of the miles to train for a marthon and have run in one? It is a dedicated group for sure. And I am one of them.
I was not born to be a runner. But I have become one.