I Am a Runner

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:

  1. 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.
  2. I watch the weather forecast and the 5-day forecast to make sure I can fit in all of the scheduled runs.
  3. People are coming up to me to tell me they saw me running on the side of the road.
  4. 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”
  5. Although I go to church every week, I go more often to use the bathroom.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I wore spandex shorts on my last run and I wasn‘t embarrassed.
  9. I know where my illiotibial band is located.
  10. I’m always hungry. (Well, I was always hungry before running, too. Now I‘m really hungry)
  11. The last trip I went on, I researched running routes more than new restaurants to try.
  12. I know where exactly one mile from the end of my driveway is.
  13. I have learned how to correctly spell plantar fasciitis.
  14. Our runs are getting longer than our commute to work.
  15. My running partner knows more about my bodily functions than the hubs.
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2 Responses to I Am a Runner

  1. Julie says:

    Glad to know my invite for girl’s night out won’t cause a conflict with your training! Besides, the dancing can count for some cardio, right ?!?! And we’ll be hungry…………and lastly, skip the spandex for that night 😉 Oh, and the running belt! LOL!

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