Am I a runner?

…or someone that likes to run? I saw this question and made me think about how I classify myself. And the answer is I don’t know. I mean, I like to run but I feel like a major DORK when I run around others. They look so nice and graceful when running…I look like the ANTI-that! Their bodies look like a lean,mean fighting machine. I look like the ANTI-that! I keep hope alive that if I continue to run and surround myself with people who know what they are doing, by association I will look like a RUNNER!!!!. People will think I’m a runner, so I’ll be a runner!

I will continue to run, buy the magazines to help me be an educated runner…

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Love these magazines!!!
I always find these magazines inspiring and want to get out and run!!

I will continue to use my Nike+ running app because I love it.

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Nike+ app for iPhone is available on iTunes

I like seeing the course that I ran when I’m done. SN: I started introducing music back into my runs because I was doing a lot of running by myself. When I’m not at a race, I need some mental stimulation and distraction and music fills that void.

I will continue to make sure my running accessories are up to par! (I could at least LOOK the part,right?!?!?!). I decided that 2014 was going to be the year my fitness will SOAR! My running goal is a 10k. So how does one better prepare with those training runs? Get a Garmin!!!

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Garmin Forerunner 10

I like that I didn’t have to take a second mortgage on my house to get one. There are many great options but for what I needed and what I wanted to pay…this was the one!! I’ve wanted one for a while and will get to break it in after my competition this coming weekend. I can’t WAIT!

So let’s see…I have the GPS watch, the shoes, clothing , sneakers (not my new Nanos, by the way) and the app. I’m a runner then, right?? Or at least I look like one (“I’m not a runner, I just play one on TV”)

Truth of the matter is…I AM a runner. I love to run for many physical reasons but the mental quiet time for this busy working mom is second to NONE. It’s just me and the road. I love this sport…and because I love it….that is what makes me A RUNNER!!!

Question
How do you view yourself? Are you a runner or someone that likes to run?

©2014 Angie

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4 thoughts on “Am I a runner?

  1. rteverett says:

    For me, being a runner is the same thing as liking to run. It doesn’t matter what you look like, what you wear, or where you go to run, if you like to run, or want to run, you are a runner. If you say you are a runner, your a runner. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

    And don’t worry about the way you look around other runners. I guarantee that at least one other person around you feels the same way about them selves and looks at you with a little bit of envy.

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    • amal7072 says:

      Thanks!!! I sometimes have those awkward moments when I around other runners. When I can, I run with a group in Saturdays for my long run. Well for me, that’s 5 miles. But others in the group are doing 6,9, even 12! And I’m like , ” why am I here with these runners??.”

      But I need to remember, they were where I am once upon a time….

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!!!

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  2. Tobi says:

    RTEVERETT is right, please don´t think you only are a runner if you look the part, or if other people think you are a runner – if you run, you are a runner.
    That is the nice thing about running, you need no club, or magazines,or incredible amount of equipment, or someones approval! Get into some trainers, get out there, and with your first steps you are a runner!

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    • amal7072 says:

      Thanks for the encouragement!!! I appreciate it! It seems a bit childish to feel this way , sprinkled with some insecurities! But I’m getting better…I hope!

      I appreciate you taking time to comment!!!

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