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The crazy things I take pride in as a runner

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  June 3, 2013 09:03 AM

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Good Monday morning, kids!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend-- I know mine was pretty great. Well, mostly. There was that whole running in the insane heat thing...

Let's talk about that for a second, shall we?

Bottom line? I'm insane.

No, really. There are some things I've found myself taking a weird sense of pride in since I started this whole running adventure a while back, and I feel like I'm not alone.

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Who wants to talk about running 8.5 miles in the blistering heat?! Runners (at least this one)!

Who wants to take Instagram photos of their torn up toes and complain we need a pedicure? Roger that!

Who likes to tell people who play sports, "my sport is how people in your sport get punished?" Yup, this gal.

This weird pleasure I take in beating myself up is not new, of course, for anyone who knows me.

With rowing, it was all about the blisters on the palms of your hands. Ice skating was all about the number of bruises on your rump and hip bones.

Why do I take pride in these weird things? They are reminders that nothing I want to do well comes easy.

In order to make it through my upcoming marathon, I've got to log the ugly miles in the heat and keep going when I'd rather stop. I've got to deal with the torn up feet which no human should have to suffer through seeing in flip flops on the beach.

All the battle scars I have were well-earned.


Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.

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Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at Boston.com. She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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