Thursday, December 30, 2010

Would You Call Yourself a Runner?

Near the finish of the Half
There's been a lot of talk out there lately from people who are starting out with running and say they wouldn't call themselves a runner. I haven't run in at least a month.  Maybe a little longer.  But honestly, I'd still call myself a runner.  I finished a half marathon at the end of February IN SNOW.  I did a 10 km in mid-May and tore the ligaments in my right ankle at the end of June.  That took me out of the running so to speak till October.  By then, I'd gained enough weight that the running had become more difficult than when I'd started.  Weight makes a difference.  It really does.  So to those ladies out there in blogland that are over 200 pounds and running, you are going to get better and better at it as the weight comes off, I can assure you.  I'm speaking from experience.  And I will run again.

Here are two quotes from what might be my favorite running book.  In fact, I think I loaned it to someone and don't have it back so I'm buying a new one.  The Courage to Start by John Bingham.  Bet they have it at your local library too.

"If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years.  There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership to get.  You just run." -- John Bingham

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." -- John Bingham

It's been ages since I posted because of the busy season.  I will be back within a few days to do my New Years Resolutions and a challenge that I've taken for January.

Michelle  :)