So I was reading this blog post on Runner’s World The Loop (running forum) yesterday. I’m sad to say that I waste a good portion of my day reading (and posting) about other people’s trials and tribulations on The Loop. Don’t judge.
Anyway, there was a post that caught my eye. ”What makes YOU a runner?” There were 50 or more responses. All so different yet all the same. The basic jest - we (runners) plan our lives around our running. It may be small plans or large ones but a plan just the same.
Is that what makes me a runner? Is it because I no longer make plans for Friday nights because I have a long run on Saturday mornings? Or is it that I drink half my weight in water everyday so I will always be hydrated? Or that I never put any food into my body now without thinking how it will affect my run? Or that I come home from work and immediately change into running clothes? Or maybe that I traded a really awesome date night with my husband for a new pair of running shoes (and was happy with my choice)? Or that I have a race this weekend and I’m already planning the next one?
Sure. I think all of the above makes me a runner. But mostly I think what makes me a runner, is that I run. Plain and simple.
The more important question is “When did you realize you were a runner?” It kind of sneaks up on you. But I know the moment. The exact moment. Do you? Mine was during an 8 mile run. 8 miles doesn’t seem like much now but at the time it was like the whole world. And I ran it. And I felt great. And I felt even better when I was done. I was a runner.
That’s when I knew. WHEN DID YOU KNOW??