Jul 15, 2010

This is what a runner looks like

Oh my gosh you guys. I just called myself a runner. I've been scared hesitant to do so, because I have all these pre-conceived notions about what a runner is. Fit. Athletic. Enjoys running. Hmm...how about one out of three?

Because tonight I felt like crap, I wasn't in the mood but I ran and I felt amazing. My body which felt crappy before felt ten times better after. And earlier in the evening I called my cousin and asked her if there were places nearby to run next week when I'm visiting so I can continue with my couch to 5K program.

Hmmm. What do you think readers? Can you be a runner physically but not mentally? If you're a runner when did you start thinking of yourself that way?

Oh, and thanks for all the compliments on my pie! (Recipe coming tomorrow!) I already have plans for my next baking project.

Have you entered my big fat giveaway yet? Only a few days left! Happy almost Friday!


Diana Mieczan said...

I think you are a runner because you are actively doing it :) and you enjoy it...which is the most important :)
I am so happy you are keeping to your plan...Such a cute photo :)

Katie Bailey said...

I don't consider myself a 'runner', but I do run pretty regularly. It becomes habit and you almost crave that exercise..I feel so much better when I do it..but I still can't call myself a 'runner', because I think of runners as being marathon people who run 4 miles every morning at 5am in their designer running clothes! :)

So glad you enjoy it though! It's addictive. I'm starting a women's running training program next week, and I can't wait!

Alison Kinsey said...

I think you're totally getting there girl! I'm so happy you felt better after your run.
And ps you should definitely splurge on a nice purse for your 30th :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Good for you for getting out there & running on a day when you really weren't feeling it. I think that in itself makes you a runner.

I can not remember when I started to think of myself as a 'runner'. Maybe when it started to become a priority in my life and I made time for it each week?

I don't always love running, but I love how I feel afterwards - and that is what keeps me coming back!

Annie said...

I think you will like this quote. "Do not expect every day to be better than the last. Somedays will be worse and some days it will hurt. As long as you're out on the road, no run is bad."

Glad you are enjoying the benefits of running - physically and mentally. You usually don't feel worse after running, but you do feel worse if you don't make yourself do it. There is also a great Nike quote that says "If you went running the first time you thought about doing it, you'd be done by now"

And, yes, you are totally a runner!!!

Kyla Roma said...

Congratulations on being a runner! I've been bad this week, I got really sleep deprived because we moved our bedroom into a south facing room... so I was waking up before 5 AM!! Now that I have a full night's sleep under my belt I'm hoping to look like you later today :)

Nicole said...

I've heard good things about the C25K program. I need to check it out!

Ally said...

Way to keep at it, even when your brain said no. I'm the same way -- once I get past the initial don't-wanna-do-it resistance and actually go do it, I feel great afterward!

texas math said...

I absolutely think you can be a runner physically but not mentally and vice versa. I'm working my way up to being a runner right now. I'm a walker for the time-being though.

I never thought I'd enjoy walking or running, but it's such a stress reliever for me...I love going out and walking (sometimes jogging)! I tried the C25K stuff but I hurt my knee a few months ago and stopped it. I'm kind of itching to get back into it.

Lisa said...

You are definitely a runner!! I call myself a "runner"...I've been running 3 times a week for about 4 months now, but I don't always want to go. In fact, most days I absolutely DREAD getting out there. But I force myself to go because in these months I've learned that the minute my feet hit the pavement, I won't regret it! And I always always come back invigorated, feeling 100 times better than I did before my run. SO YES: YOU ARE A RUNNER!!! :D I think that there is always going to be the mental battle...but what separates a runner from a non-runner: the runner actually gets out there and runs, even if they don't feel like it! :P Great job! <3

Gracie said...

You're freakin' awesome! And I think "being a runner" is physical and mental. I don't actually call myself a runner even though I run 4-5 days a week and do races and marathons and such. But I think that's the mental - in my mind "runners" are like football players. It's their sport. I don't think running is my sport because I like a lot of activities, so I never call myself a runner. Did that make any sense?
But anyway, in my warped brain that only applies to me, so- you're running, and in my mind you're a RUNNER!

Stevie said...

AWESOME! I felt like I could call myself a runner when I ran 4 miles non-stop...and ENJOYED it. I've gone through phases where I started running a bit but always hated it. That moment when I was actually enjoying the run, enjoying the burn, enjoying the way my body felt...that's when I became a runner.

I think you can DEFINITELY call yourself a runner. You're seeking out people to be your running buddy, you're looking for different places to run, you ran despite feeling like garbage and felt GREAT afterward...definitely a runner ;-)

Amber said...

Hmmm, it was at least a couple of months into my running before I considered myself a "real runner!"

And even now I sometimes read blogs about real HARDCORE runners that doesn't make me feel like one!!! Haha

Stephany said...

When I read runners blogs, they just intimidate me to the point I never think I'll be a runner. Since running is such a mind game, I think if you think it more than you feel it, then you're a runner.

I'm still gonna call myself a runner wannabe for now, though. ;)

Emily Jane said...

You are definitely a runner! Although I have the same hesitation calling myself that... running 1-2 times per week to me does NOT equal runner, haha, but I just got a spanky new pedometer so I'm all motivated again, so hopefully I can call myself a runner soon! :)

Shaina said...

I struggle with this a lot!!!! First of all - you go girl. You are doing great with your running. I guess I am a runner - I mean, I ran 5 miles the other day! But I don't think I am any good at running. It is incredibly hard for me, whether I am heading out to run 1 miles or 5. I don't think it will ever be easy (or even LESS DIFFICULT) for me. So ... yeah. I think it's more a confidence issue. I am a runner, but I don't always feel like one.

Okay. Now I"m just confusing myself. :)

Darcie said...

You look great!!

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