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Monday, July 1, 2013

Can I Call Myself a Runner?

So running is my newest project.  I never realized until graduating college that I am such a goal oriented person.  I feel like I'm going stir crazy if I don't have a project to work on.  It's pretty weird and kind of annoying.  My life has gone from college - passing my boards - starting a new job - planning a wedding - becoming a Board Certified Emergency Nurse (felt like I was back in school again) - and now... running.

I've never been a runner, at all.  I did ballet from age 5-17, and it was my life.  I went half days to high school so I could be at ballet at 1:00 every day and leave at 9:00.  My ballet story is a whole different post (a very long one).
... So back to my early hatred of running.  I would dread the day in gym class that we had to run a mile.  I had always considered myself to be in great shape from ballet, but apparently I sucked.  In college I would run a mile or two on the treadmill and do the elliptical just to stay in shape.  I ran little spurts outside to get in shape for my wedding but nothing serious.  I would mix running and walking and hate every second of it.

In February of this year (right after I had checked my CEN off my list), I had decided that I needed to come up with a fitness plan.  I started doing Zumba, taking weights classes, and running on the treadmill.  I created excel spreadsheets (I get this nerdy-ness from my dad) to track my progress.  Once it started to warm up, I began to run outside... and hate it again.

When you're used to the treadmill, running outside is hard!  Here is where my wonderful family has stepped in.  I have gone on long runs with my dad and my aunt Lana.  They have taught me so much about starting slow and gradually increasing your pace.  Compared to my friends, I am slower than a pack of turtles trudging through peanut butter.  Compared to my husband, I am even slower than that.  Recently, I have learned to stop comparing myself to others and just have fun.  Still working on the fun part.

In October, G, my dad, my aunt Lana, and I are all running the Iron Horse Half Marathon in Midway, KY.  Wish me luck.  This could get ugly.  They kick you off the course if you don't run a 14 min/mile pace.  Even if I had to walk some, I don't count on being this slow, but it certainly is possible.

*The race website describes the course as "challenging, with rolling hills" aka death march?

Even though I run around 4 days a week, stick to a training plan, and have all the fancy gear, I don't know if I can call myself a runner yet.  Maybe after I finish this race?  Until then, I think of myself as more of a whiner/jogger/turtle.


  1. Girl, if you run, you're a runner!

  2. Ditto to the comment above. Thanks for checking out my blog. I am also new to running and learning to love it. Love your blog- I will be following it from now on! Can't wait to read more!

    1. Thanks, Becky! Looking forward to following your progress as well!


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