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    22 Things That Every Slow Runner Knows To Be True

    Six minutes or 16 minutes — a mile is still a mile.

    1. We can actually smell the roses — and celebrate other magical moments that speedsters might not even notice.

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    2. We are able to have lively conversations and spirited debates during our runs.

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    3. We avoid the long porta-potty lines at the beginning of a race because we don’t mind stopping later to pee.

    4. We get a runner’s high too — and have more time to enjoy it!

    5. We meet lots of new folks along the way and make lifelong friends.

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    6. Slow runners might live longer.

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    7. We love encouragement, especially from the faster runners!

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    8. We can run with our dogs. Or even our cats.

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    9. And there’s no pup we won’t stop to pet along the way.

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    10. No one can doubt our commitment: We experience the same challenges and work hard to meet our goals.

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    11. First and last place run the same distance.

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    12. We have lots of time for self-reflection.

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    13. We’re not racing to win — we’re racing to finish.

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    14. ...and that finisher's medal tastes as sweet as gold!

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    15. “Slow” is a state of mind...

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    Yep, that's Alicia Keys smiling on her way to a 5:58 finish at the 2015 New York City Marathon!

    16. ...and we're thrilled when people call us runners instead of joggers.

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    17. We get to check out a lot of fine asses.

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    18. More than one parent with a jogging stroller (or double stroller!) has passed us by, and all we can do is marvel at their agility.

    19. We appreciate the spectators and runners who stick around after they've finished to cheer us on to the finish line.

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    20. We inspire others who might not otherwise believe they can run too.

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    21. For slow runners, it really is about the journey, not the destination…

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    22. ...but when we cross the finish line, we are just as proud of ourselves as the first-place winner.

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