Thursday, July 14, 2011

what is a runner?

the other day my friend Alex told me that I wasn't a runner.  see, in his eyes he only thought people who ran marathons could call themselves runners.  I disagree.

I run miles.  Some weeks I run more than others, but for the most part I run an average of 15 miles per week.  When I begin training for the half marathon I'll be hitting more than 20 miles a week.  Shockingly enough, that excites me.  I can't wait to push myself.  I can't wait to have a goal to work towards.  Openly I say my goal is to run a sub 2 hour half marathon (shaving off 7+ minutes off my 1st half).  Secretly I hold onto some more ambitious goals that I hope to achieve.  

After running 4.44 miles tonight in 35:40 minutes (an average pace of 8:01 minute/mile ... so close to sub 8!) I hung out with some "runners" at a local bar.  

gotta keep it light ... I am a runner after all

We ordered beers and sat there in our sweaty clothes and just talked.  Just talked like "normal" people.  I had such a good time ... I finally had some people that I could hang out with that CARE about my pace.  They CARE about which race I'm planning on doing next.  They CARE about what sneakers I wear and when I plan on getting a next pair.  Don't get me wrong I love my friends.  Everyone who knows me would say how much I bend over backwards for each and every one of my friends and how much they mean to me.  But these "runner" friends are pretty cool too.

It's been 6 weeks since I started running with the Charlotte Runners meetup group ... and I must say I'm having a blast being a runner.  And who knows ... maybe one day I WILL run a marathon.  Just not today.

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