Thursday, November 15, 2007

What makes a runner a REAL runner?

I was giving this some thought (after comparing myself to other runners) and this is what I came up with for myself:

1. I run between 25 - 42 miles a week, depending on whether I'm tapering for a race.

2. I own 10 running skirts, over 25 running shirts (short/long), 2 pairs of trail gaiters, 9 pairs of running shorts, 8 pairs of running shoes (trail and road), 3 earwarmer headbands, 3 pairs of gloves, 15 pairs of running socks, 10 running bras, 6 different hydration systems (fuel belt, waist packs, handhelds, vest/bladder pack), 5 running pants/tights, 1 running watch, 1 race number belt, and 1 pair sunglasses. I'm sure I'm forgetting something!

3. I have run a lot of different races, from a 5k to 2 half marathons and 1 marathon.

4. When I'm not running, I like talking about running, reading about running, blogging about running, or going on the Runner's World forums and writing/watching others write about running. :)

5. I love to run and I do run. A lot. This running part is, I think, the only REAL thing that makes me a REAL runner.
I'm currently tapering for my 11 mile race (Rails to Trails) on Saturday in Prescott, AZ. No running today or tomorrow. I have already run 20 miles this week, and with the 11 mile race on Saturday and my planned 9 mile trail run on Sunday (Phoneline), I'm calling it good!
I am thankful today for strong legs, sweet friends, a loving husband, a wonderful family, and a full and grateful heart - all gifts from a loving God that seems to watch over me no matter what I'm up to.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Right on! : )