Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thank you Tiger Woods - I am a runner

I had an epiphany this week. I'm nearly one year at my goal weight and in February I'll be running for a full two years.  This running thing, this living (pretty) healthy thing-- it's not a fluke, or a novelty or something that I'm 'trying' out this is truly who I've become.

A runner.

I remember when I first started running I was in the 13min mile range (on a good day.) I remember thinking how cool it would be if I could just get to below 12 min mile and today I ran a 9:55 / 9:34 split and Tiger Woods (via my NIKE+) kindly told me that I had recorded my 'fastest' mile to date.

If i'm feeling happy, I want to run. If I'm feeling crappy I really have to run. I prefer running outdoors but I don't even mind running on the treadmill anymore.  I like short runs, long runs and runs in-between.

I see other runners on the street and I want to high five them and shout, "looking good runner." I get excited for my running magazines when they come in the mail, I'm making room on my DVR for Iron Man replays and salivating over the NYC marathon coverage this weekend.

I'm also daydreaming about my next 26.2 already…

For a long time I felt like a bit of a running fraud. But now I don't. I know that I'm a runner.

Did you ever have an 'I'm a runner' epiphany or have you just always known you were one?

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