I've been "running" for over 2 years. I ran my first, and only, half marathon a year and a half ago. Last week I ran my first brew to brew relay race (13.5 miles) and next weekend I will complete my second half marathon (13.1 in OKC). Today I ran 10 miles and was thinking the whole time about a blog I read recently. This woman has ran several marathons (26.2) and is signing up for several more. She commented on a conversation she had where someone called her a "jogger" and she was upset by the statement. It made me realize that there is a difference that I hadn't known before. So while running today it made me wonder which category I fall in. My brain functions by lists, so I made one in my head.
You Are A Runner If...
- You buy tennis shoes at least every 6 months.
- While driving you hear a song on the radio and think it would be great on your play list.
- You plan when during a day you are going to drink water, must hydrate!
- Your feet have blisters on top of blisters.
- Running errands in your work out clothes isn't a faux pas.
- You own more race shirts than dresses.
- You sign up for races in order to visit new cities.
- When eating out, you don't count calories.
- Chocolate isn't cheating, it's a treat!
- Your day doesn't feel complete until the miles are done.
Now let me explain my running philosophy for me. I DON'T LOVE TO RUN! I sweat A LOT!!! I am now very sun sensitive, I just bought SPF 45. I run about a 12 minutes mile, not that impressive. I have 2 active kids and I'm planning a big move in the next few months. However, besides all of this, I do LIKE to run. I get to be ALONE! I love music. I have energy, most times, after to get stuff done. I feel less stressed, even with my full plate sitting before me, to enjoy life. This makes me feel like a better mommy, wife, friend and person. So until now I probably would have put myself under the category of jogger. But now I know, I AM A RUNNER.