Training Tip Tuesday – You ARE a runner!
With the onset of social media, you can literally find thousands of virtual acquaintances who are interested in what interests you. Personally, I adore it. Sometimes the enthusiasm in what I do here at home is lacking. Finding it elsewhere, ANYWHERE, can change your whole attitude. Let’s face it, the more you believe in yourself, the more successful you will be.
I’m always amazed to see this question in many running communities.
“When can you start calling yourself a runner?”
You’re a runner.
Do you get up each day with the desire to get out there? Whether it is your long run day, your short run day, or your rest day? Maybe you feel the need to get your heart pumping. It’s an indescribable feeling. But it is the feeling that gets you moving each day.
Don’t be afraid to admit to it. After all, would you rather admit to being a runner or being a couch potato? You are out there, everyday, running a 15-minute mile, or a 10-minute mile, or, God love you, a 5-minute mile. Who cares? Are you moving? Is your heart pumping blood to every orifice of your being? Do you love it even though you hate it? Do you hate it even though you love it?
Embrace this. Brag about this. Be proud! You are out pacing that unhealthy dude slogging on the sofa. Maybe a few years ago, or a few months ago, or heck, a few days ago, you were that slog. Have you turned your life around? Are you a better person today because of your running than you were this time last year? BRAG ON IT, baby. You deserve it.
The next time your dentist asks you while he has his hand in your mouth, “How are you?” or the hairdresser questions, “What is going on in your life these days?” or your pal at the grocery store throws at you, “Hey, what’s up?” Answer them.
“Well, I’m a runner now.”
“Well, I started running!”
“Well, I ran this race on Saturday…”
Maybe they’ll slough you off. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll think to themselves, “He/She is a runner? What the heck! I could do that, too!”
I posed the question on my Facebook wall about getting myself a 26.2 sticker for my car. The first thing one of my church friends told me after I finished my first marathon was, “Now you can sport one of those stickers!” Hey! She is right! But my husband, a former-runner because of his past back surgeries, thinks it is silly. Is it really? I ran 26.2 miles. I RAN TWENTY SIX POINT FREAKIN’ TWO MILES! Shouldn’t I shout it out to the world? Sure, the slogs won’t care. They may even snicker or scowl. But the runners? They’ll beam with pride for you! Because they’ll know what you accomplished.
If you are still asking yourself, “Am I a runner?” Then answer these questions.
Do you get up and put on your running clothes?
Do you run slow?
Do you run fast?
Does half of your run involve walking?
Do you wear a sports watch? All the time?
Do you feel better after a run?
Do you have more than one sports bra? (If you are female)
Do you think about running when you aren’t?
Are you envious of those you see running on your way to work, school, the store?
Did you run a race and finish last?
Did you run a race and not finish?
Do you wear your running shoes even when you aren’t running?
Do you check the forecast the night before before laying out your running gear?
Does someone you know give you flack about your running?
If you answered yes to ANY of these questions…guess what?
You’re a runner.
Disclaimer: These training tips are based on my opinion and what has worked for me. I am not a doctor, or a trainer, or a professional athlete. This blog purely represents observations I have made in my 4 years as a runner. Always consult a medical professional before beginning a running or workout program. I am not liable, either expressly or in an implied manner, nor claim any responsibility for any emotional or physical problems that may occur directly or indirectly from reading this blog.