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On being a RUNNER

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I never thought that I would be one. I still wonder if there is some initiation that I haven't quite completed yet, so maybe I'm not quite part of that club though. But then: we exchange smiles as we jog past each other. We nod as we wait for the light to change. We give that knowing look as sweat pours down our faces, and I realize that I have arrived.

I admire the guy who I am guessing is a die-hard marathon runner as I wait for the light to change the other day. I want to cheer people on when I am driving home from work and I see them out pounding the pavement. It gives me such joy to be a part of this community. I used to worry that they would thing I was some wolf in sheep's clothing. That just because I haven't completed enough races or don't look like a 'runner' they would call me out, but that has all changed.

I haven't consistently run since April when I was in the process of 5k & then half-marathon training. I have been working on my foot and trying to get it to a place where I can run so I have been taking it slowly. I am pacing myself with getting back into the groove of c25k week 4 and going from there :)

Running the Golden Gate Bridge was an adventure for me. I did the c25k on the way north (1.8 miles in 26 min, about 14:36 min mile) then after admiring how far I had come I decided to run the way home. I never realized how much of an elevation change happens on the bridge so I had to stop a few times to slow my heart rate down to a reasonable rate (I try not to get above 172) but only for a few moments, most of the time I just slowed my jog to get it back down. I ran the way back 1.7 miles in 23 minutes (about 13:28 a mile) then ran down to my car from the bridge. My total trip with the to and from the bridge was 4.1 miles in addition to the mile that I walked that morning with my boyfriend as he played disc golf (5.1 miles for Saturday July 30th).

I felt amazing. I exchanged smiles with the local cyclists as they crossed the bridge. I saw looks of respect and wonder from the tourists, slowly ambling around taking pictures. I felt so proud. I didn't feel out of place. I didn't feel like some impostor like I thought that I might. It felt right & natural & I finally feel like I belong.

I am a runner. Officially.

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  • no profile photo CD4516954
    Thats awesome!!!
    3288 days ago
    I'm ending week 4 on Friday and I still am not sure if I am a runner, yet. I think I'll wait until the 20 minute run before I decide. Great blog!
    3289 days ago
  • ANDEEC09
    You go girl! I felt exactly the same way when I was starting out last month, and already I feel like I'm in the club. I get out there and do my C25K three times a week, and if that doesn't make me a runner, nothing will! Plus, in my experience, this is like one of the most welcoming, all-inclusive clubs EVER. The runners I've met run because they LOVE it, and they love sharing that enthusiasm with others. It's a special, secret enthusiasm, it's true, because running is NOT a labor of love for everyone who does it...but for those of us who do love it, well, there's just something special with a kinship like that emoticon
    3289 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Awesome!!! Being a runner is a great feeling! I also cheer people on when I am driving and they are running :o)
    3290 days ago
    Yay! Welcome runner!
    3290 days ago
    You ARE a runner!

    Be proud! We are all very proud of you!
    3290 days ago
    Welcome to the club! You have arrived! Enjoy the feeling and happy running. :)
    3290 days ago
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