Tuesday I did nada (except walk the dog and do PT stretches). In the name of injury recovery, right?
Yesterday I got in a 2.5 mile run outside. It was truly a gorgeous day, I think it hit 30 degrees! That is almost a 40 degree improvement in the last week (not that I am happy about climate change). 2.5 miles is the longest I have run since re-introducing the bod to pavement, so I am really excited to see how my body feels when I get out and moving today. Watch out 5k, I am gunning for YOU next! I have been keeping up on the good ole core work, side planks are my new obsession.
So I was reading the new Runner's World and there was an interesting question in the "Ask Miles" column. (First of all, do you think his name is actually Miles? If so, that is convenient.) Someone wrote in and asked when people should be comfortable with calling themselves RUNNERS.
This question has crossed my mind a couple of times lately and to be honest, I have not been referring to myself as a "runner" to much of anyone (myself included) recently.Why? Because I have been logging as much mileage in a week as I wish I was logging in a day. Can you get a free pass to still call yourself a runner if you WISH you were running? I think yes.
Miles' ultimate answer about when you're a runner was spot on in my opinion: you're a runner when you feel like a runner. But that raises another question for me, when do you feel like a runner??
Is it when you start thinking about how you're going to carry water or fuel on your run?
Is it when you subscribe to Runner's World?
Is it when you sign up for a race?
Finish that race?
Get fitted for the right shoes?
Start a running blog? :)
Is it when your sister tells you that your feet look like "runner feet" again?
The first time you use a foam roller?
Is it when you get injured? (please say yes to that)
When you have a physical therapist?
When you refer to all forms of non-running cardio as cross-training?
Have a training plan?
Desire to watch a marathon on TV?
Is it when you call eating after you run "refueling" instead of lunch or dinner?
When you crave that wonderful runner's high?
When your spouse/partner/boyfriend/girlfriend knows that Sunday morning = they are on support team duty for your long run?
For me, it's a little of all of these, but really it's just kind of written on my heart. That's when I'm comfortable calling myself a runner.
PS, the pictures today were in case you wondered what my run looked like going out and coming back yesterday. :)
When did you first feel like a runner and feel comfortable with the title?
What do you have to add to the list of things that make YOU feel like a runner?