I have a ton to cover in this post but wanted to start off talking about something that hit me while running yesterday.
There were so many people out running yesterday despite it being 90 degrees at 8:00 am. There were elderly people, high school track teams, mothers with their babies, couples, families, groups of women, children and of course some elites repping their marathon gear…all out there running!
I started thinking just how incredible it was to see such drastically different groups of people all sharing the same love for this sport. I then started thinking about what really makes someone a runner? At what point do you really get to call yourself a RUNNER?
What’s the definition of a runner?
A runner is a person who runs.
Everyone who gets off the couch and runs is a runner. It doesn’t matter if you run half a mile or 20 miles or if you’ve been running for years or just started running today…you’re a runner.
But I think the definition of a runner should be elaborated on a bit:
- A runner is a person who never gives up
- A runner is a person who makes sacrifices to achieve a goal
- A runner is a person who strives to be better every day
- A runner is a person who accepts challenges with drive and determination
- A runner is a person who inspires others and themselves
- A runner is a person who can overcome obstacles
- A runner is a person who can struggle or even fail and have the courage to get up a try again
- A runner is a person who is amazed over and over again about the power of the human body
- A runner is a person who has enough courage to simply get out there and try
…I could go on forever!
The point is I’m just so inspired by other runners! It’s not easy! I want to encourage all of you to proudly call yourself a runner no matter if you just started or have been running for years.
You ARE a runner!
Marathon Training Update:
The Rock ‘N’ Roll Settle Marathon is EXACTLY 2 months from today. So far I’m right on schedule for my April training and just finished my longest run yet (18 miles) yesterday. My body is holding up and mentally I’m more determined than every to crush this marathon.
Training and training well has become my #1 priority and it feels good. I haven’t put this much hard work and dedication into something in a long time and I enjoy the challenge.
Training last week went great! I logged 35 miles and did my longest run yet. This week is technically a taper week for the La Jolla Half Marathon on Sunday and I did not count this week in my marathon training schedule.
I’m using this taper week and then short distance on Sunday to rest my body before the final push of marathon training begins.
My goal is to get up to 20 miles the last week of April then reach 24 miles by mid may before tapering for my marathon.
I really want my body to be use to these crazy distances so running the full 26.2 won’t kill me haha!
Like I mentioned above this is a taper week for the La Jolla Half Marathon on Sunday. This isn’t just a normal half marathon….this is one of the hilliest races in San Diego so I’m defiantly nervous and am planning on taking it VERY easy this week.
- Monday: REST
- Tuesday: yoga sculpt
- Wednesday: 3 easy miles
- Thursday: 5 easy miles
- Friday: 3 easy miles
- Saturday: REST
- Sunday: La Jolla Half Marathon!!!
Do you consider yourself to be “a runner”?
How would you define what a runner is?
Any races coming up?