Good Afternoon Fellow New Runners!
This week was a busy week. Three weekly runs, lots of errand running and 2 days spent at that most magical of all places, Disney World. We got back from Disney last night and I was simply exhausted. My entire body ached and all I wanted to do was to go to bed…at 6pm. However, I dutifully laid out my running clothes, got my Gu ready and had the Garmin ready to go for my Saturday long run. I haven’t missed a Saturday run in over three months. Until today.
My alarm never went off so when I woke up it was 6:15. I kept thinking “get up, lets go run” but I just didn’t have it. For once my body won out and my legs didn’t get out of bed until I heard my daughter at 7am. I played with my munchkin and chatted with my husband over coffee. It was a perfect morning. Except all I could think about was the run I wasn’t taking. I kept looking at the clock, trying to calculate what mile I would have been on. I couldn’t think of anything else. I felt sad.
Ever since I started running, I always felt like an outsider. At the running store I felt like a running impostor, as if one of the employees would look at me and say “you aren’t a real runner”. All the other runners I would see, those who ran faster, slower, more miles or less, they were all the real runners. Not me.
However, by missing my run this morning I now know I AM a runner. It is something that fuels my body and feeds my soul. My miles, my pace don’t matter, the fact is running is something I now love to do. Running is something I need to do. So today, was one of the greatest running days I’ve ever had. It was the day I became a runner.
Enjoy the Run!
Question: Did you have a moment when you “became” a runner?