This is so true. I think its part of what's great about being a 'runner.' It's not like being a trobone player, where you have to be pretty good to tell people you are one. If you go running today, you are a runner.
As a sprinter and a long distance runner. Distance runners don't know sprinter life. It is as hard as a distance race. We both put the same effort into different races. Distance people just spread it out farther.
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just keep breathing: someone on the half marathon course this weekend held a sign that read “there will be a day when you can no longer do this, today is not that day!”, and I found it to be extremely motivational. I hope that day never comes!