>I went to Vertical Runner to buy two new pairs of shoes last night. I got to talking with the woman who was helping me and I found out she had run 11 miles earlier that day. I asked her if she was training for something and she mentioned some short race this weekend, but then added, “but I do have a 50K in April. I guess I need to get on that. I probably should run 20 tomorrow…or actually 25.”
I just looked at her and blinked. Color me impressed/intimidated. All I could really say is “that is really awesome”. I suddenly felt like the nerdy kid talking to the popular girl. Clearly I was totally out of her league. What was I even doing in a running store anyways??!! She was very nice and helpful. My feelings of being intimidated and feeling out of place were clearly mine and I own that. I later found out that she had only been running for 10 years (she was probably in her mid to late 40’s I would guess) and she has worked her way up to where she is now. She assured me that it was just a “different kind of running.” So I finally relaxed a bit, but I still felt uneasy in the store and was anxious to bug out. This is so weird. It is like I didn’t feel like I deserved to shop there…that it is only for hard-core runners. Like, is there a store just for the beginners? That is where I need to be!