Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. -T. S. Eliot:
Although I’ve been running for almost a year now, I haven’t felt confident in calling myself a runner until recently. I thought about how every aspect of my life is now revolving about training and running. I’ve listed how my life has changed due to running and why I think I can now call myself a runner:
- Just this week after our long run, we were talking to a local who offered his outdoor kitchen bathroom if ever we were in need. I actually drove by later and visualized myself making a mad dash for his kitchen. This would have really come in handy a month ago. I am always on the lookout for bathroom locations.
- I watch the weather forecast and the 5-day forecast to make sure I can fit in all of the scheduled runs.
- People are coming up to me to tell me they saw me running on the side of the road.
- I have had this conversation on different occasions, “Someone told me you’re running marathons all the time.” Me- “No, I haven’t run a marathon yet, but I’m training for one. I‘ve only run 5 & 10K races.” “Oh…how far is a marathon?” Me- “26.2 miles”
- Although I go to church every week, I go more often to use the bathroom.
- I think about how convenient it would be to wear my running belt other places even though it looks very similar to a fanny pack.
- When I get an invitation to a wedding or baby shower or Girls’ Night Out, I automatically think about what race or training run it will conflict with.
- I wore spandex shorts on my last run and I wasn‘t embarrassed.
- I know where my illiotibial band is located.
- I’m always hungry. (Well, I was always hungry before running, too. Now I‘m really hungry)
- The last trip I went on, I researched running routes more than new restaurants to try.
- I know where exactly one mile from the end of my driveway is.
- I have learned how to correctly spell plantar fasciitis.
- Our runs are getting longer than our commute to work.
- My running partner knows more about my bodily functions than the hubs.