I should have the day off of work. Seriously.
To celebrate National Running Day, I am going to declare that I AM a Runner.
Seems so simple, right?
But actually it is not so black and white. I have read countless blog posts tackling this very question, "What makes someone a real runner?". My favorite running blogs are written by some seriously speedy ladies who run really far. While I love the inspiration they provide I often find myself plagued with self doubt after reading them....I'm too slow, I don't run very far, I don't have the body of a runner.I take walk breaks during a run. Slowly coming to terms with all of theses thoughts.
I run pretty slowly compared to most other runners. I will never be super speedy. It is TBD if I will ever even be considered "moderately speedy". I will never win a race I enter and most likely will never even place in my age group.
I will never run in an ultramarathon (even though I love reading about people who do). I may never compete in a full marathon.
Do these things make me less of a runner? I'd like to think not.
I LOVE to run. I run whenever I can and am always trying to get better. When I am not actually running, I am thinking about running. Or reading about running. Or mapping a new run.
I am a runner because I love running. Simple. Maybe it is black and white after all.
So if I am never going to actually going to win a race, why do I run?
I run because it makes me feel good.
|So happy to be done my second half marathon.|
I love how I feel after a good workout. I love the endorphin rush. I love the sense of accomplishment after running a race.
I run because it sets a good example.
|Hannah wants to run with Mommy.|
I love how my children think that exercise is a normal part of everyday life. I love that they ask how my run was when they see my in my running clothes. I love that they want to run with me. I love that 4 year old Hannah told me that she had to do yoga because her hip hurt. (Sad, I know, but the sentiment was there.)
I run for the challenge.
|Busted! Walking in my 8k this past weekend.|
Running is hard. I don't think I will anytime soon be able to write that I went out for "an easy 7 miles" before work. But I know that if I put in the effort I will see results. I love that I don't have to compete against anyone but myself.
I run for me.
|Sweaty and happy!|
I am a mother of 2 young children. I am a wife to a man who works an insane amount of hours every week. I love my family so much, but they can be very demanding of my time and attention. Running is the one thing in my life that I do just for me. It truly makes me happy, which in turn makes me a better mother, a better wife, and a better person.