Thursday, 30 August 2012

Marathon Training Thursday - Am I a "Real" Runner?

Recently while spending the morning reading tales from some of my favourite internet friends, I found myself pondering the girl I have evolved into (<----get it? Darwin joke?! I slay myself sometimes) to over the past year.

Katie from Wishes and Whimsey recently posted The Day I Became a Runner, talking about what it means to be a "real" runner. And I commented, "that even though I am in the middle of training for my first Marathon, I still struggle to see myself as a "Real Runner" ". That sounds silly, doesn't it?

Hmmm...What is a Runner? Am I one? Or am I just a girl who wishes she was?
 
Immediately after posting that comment I found myself visiting Michelle over at NYC Running Mama, where she was discussing the rising cost of racing. To which I chimed in saying, how "this year I had really noticed the cost of races. Because to prep for my Marathon I was actually going to run 7 races in 2012". 7 races? Is that right? That is bananas!

Then it clicked for me.

I own more pairs of running shoes than I do high heels. I spend hours every day hydrating, fueling, and pounding the pavement. I worry about my time. I think about my splits. I spend my evenings reading Runner's World, coaching a 10km clinic at the Running Room, and mapping out my morning route on Daily Mile.

I am actually running. I am actually training. I am actually going to run a Marathon.
This little Darwinian Fail evolved into a Real Runner.

Imagine that?
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten




16 comments:

  1. Of course you are! And it seems to fit you, too! Well done.

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  2. Sometimes we doubt ourselves...but you are 100% right..you are DEFINITELY a real runner...and you were before you signed up for all those races. I still love how pretty you always look post-run!! Glowing! So running DOES fit you!

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  3. If you aren't a runner, who is? I can realte to that one - I still feel like a fraud!

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  4. Darn right you have! Way to go. As a reader, it's so obvious to me that you're a runner, but glad you figured it out for yourself ;) Congrats, girlie

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  5. Girl you have been a REAL runner since day one!!! I love witnessing/following your training.

    I had this similar thought/issue a while back, and thanks to help from a friend, I realized that the moment I mentally committed, laced up the running shoes, and hit the pavement for the third time, I became a runner.

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  6. Thank you for the mention! You are definitely a runner! If I'm considering myself a "Real Runner" you most definitely are! It's time for us to remove the labels of being this or that. You are you! Incredible, unstoppable, determined YOU! You're included among the many who inspire me. You have a training plan and a goal. Thanks for being A Runner that I look to for pointers, for inspiration and for drive. You're a reason I feel I can hit the pavement running! Keep on keeping on in those running shoes.

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  7. Absolutely! If you run, you're a runner. I think every runner goes through this identity crisis and eventually realize what you described yourself as!

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  8. Yeah you are! :)

    I totally know what you mean though about not really feeling like a runnner (I'm the same way). I think when you start doing it after having not really grown up with it, maybe you feel like a bit of a running poser? That's how I feel anyway hahah.

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  9. of course you are a runner! A bad ass runner, at that!!

    I can relate though. Sometimes I still struggle to see myself as a real runner. Sure, I ran a half marathon and am training for #2... But does that really make me a RUNNER? Then I try to remind myself that I run more days of the week than I dont. I get CRAZYYYYYY cranky when I cant run. I will pinch corners elsewhere to buy a new pair of running shoes or entry to a race... I think that means Im actually a runner! ;)

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  10. It took me a long long time to call myself a runner. I somehow didn't feel like I had earned that title. But I have since realized that it's in the heart. It's not the number of races, the distances, the speed. It's the love of running period.

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  11. You absolutely are!

    I consider myself a runner because I have running shoes and I run, whether I be looking like a duck while at it ;)

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  12. Of course you are a "real" runner. You don't need to finish a race to be one, actually, I don't know that there is a tangible "thing" that certifies you as an official runner. I think it is a mind set, which you clearly have.

    And "pounding the pavement" — ouch.

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  13. You are such a runner already. I realized my issue when I discovered I had more running clothes than actual clothes.

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  14. It is awesome when you realize that you have found a true passion. Enjoy every moment of being a runner and all that it can do for you!

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  15. Why is it so hard to finally classify ourselves as a real runner? You got onboard pretty quick. For me it took me AFTER my first marathon into training for my SECOND marathon to realize I really am a real runner. ;)

    Love the Darwin touch.....

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  16. Love this post! And yes, you are a REAL runner. I can't wait to follow your journey to your first MARATHON! That is awesome - you are a true inspiration!!

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