Hitting the 4 Mile Mark

So, yesterday morning I ran 4 miles. It may not seem like much to most avid runners, but it seems that every time I hit a new distance, I feel a new sense of accomplishment. RP is out of town at a conference and so my roommate who has been struggling to return to a running pattern joined me on my 4 miles. Unlike RP and me, she runs in virtually complete silence. This was quite the change from what I usually experience. However, with my iPod along and the “Steady and Sweaty” mix keeping me company, the 4 miles seemed to go by rather quickly. The run took just under an hour, and I received confirmation that our running is at a relatively steady pace. It seemed like I had so much to say yesterday morning and couldn’t get there before mass, so I will stop for now…but more to come again soon…

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Running…to be a Runner

Throughout the past week the idea as to whether one is a runner or not a runner has come up quite frequently. I have had members of my circle suggest I am now a runner, although I don’t feel as though I am one. This is likely due to several different components, which I will list. These are characteristics which I think of when the term “runner” comes to mind, and so therefore is not a scientific list or even one which could have a rubric assigned to it. Instead, it’s qualities which I associate with running. So, without further ado, a variety of things I associate with being a runner:

· You have purchased running shoes fitted to your feet

· You look at the sun shining outside and think, “Today would be a nice day for a run”

· You follow through with this thought

· Running 3 miles is like a nice little adventure

· You look at other people and wonder how far they could run

· Running is something you look forward to

· You would be comfortable asking almost anyone else if they wanted to run with you

· You seek out races to participate in

· You train for things…and in a big way, not on a lark

· You think about what you are eating each day and the time of day you are eating it in comparison to your run

· You are willing to run on a treadmill, if you have to

· You go to Runner’s World’s web site and explore what is on there

My thoughts continue later this week.