Operation Skinny Jeans: I am a runner

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I am a runner

First I want to send my thoughts and prayers to everyone effected by the attacks at the Boston Marathon on Monday. And also say I am not doing Weigh in Wednesday today, this felt more important to say.

The tragedy on Monday got me thinking. I want to be a runner, but what is a runner? Is a runner someone who has run x amount of races at x speed? Earned x amount of medals? Someone who runs x number of times a week? Are all of these stipulations, with no clear quantitative value to them (hence the "x's") "required" to be a "runner"?

Does your perceived membership in the runners "club" really boil down to speed and experience? Is that what running is about? I don't really think so.

When I run, I feel strong. I feel like I can do anything in the world. I feel "high". When I run, I feel proud. I feel healthy. I feel athletic. When I run, I feel like a runner.

 I may not be as fast as other runners, or as experienced, but I don't think that matters. I feel bound to these other athletes by the shared experience and feeling. I may have only just run my *first mile, but I have caught the bug. I have run two 5K's (well done two 5K's, there was very little running involved) and I don't want to stop there. I want to run my first half next year. That is a lofty goal, but I know I can achieve it.

So from now on, I am no longer going to say "I want to be a runner," I AM a runner.

8 comments :

  1. Love the post today. I was saying the same thing last night. I don't know why but I was feeling it last night. I always see how far I can run at first without stopping and went from 1.25mi/14 mins to 2mi/22 mins last night. Crazy right! I never would of thought I would WANT to run and feel so good afterwards. So yes we are runners! Keep up the good work girlie!

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  2. Such a motivational post! I agree with everything you said. I finally feel like I am a runner. I have no idea what qualifies me as one, but I know for certain I am one! Thanks for giving me the extra push this week to get out and run, because I AM A RUNNER! :)

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  3. I have heard that there are "snobby" runners out there that would disagree with what you said. But in my experience that has not been the case. I find the running community to be so supportive, and I love running down the street and getting those looks of respect. Its like, yep I'm a runner. Keep it up girl, and a half is not out of reach in a year. I did one last year and ran walked the whole thing, we would do 3 min run, 1 min walk. It was a great experience.

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  4. I had this same discussion with someone and she said ... " you run, therefore you are a runner"...
    Enjoy it !

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  5. Great post! So how fast do you run? I feel like I'm so slow when I'm out there running, especially at the gym :)

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  6. What an excellent point of view! Run on, runner!!!

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