I don’t remember where I read it. It may have been a meme on Pinterest, it may have been on a fitness blog, it may even have been in a magazine. But I printed the quote and pinned it to the board at my desk:
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 card to get. You just run.
I am a runner.
I don’t run fast (my PR race is below). I don’t run pretty. I don’t run consistently. I’ve completed multiple 5k races, but always as a combination of walking and running. When I’m done I hurt. I’m tired. I’m red faced and sweating in a way that no Southern woman would ever admit to.
One of my goals this year is to RUN a 5k. As in run the whole entire thing, not complete it in run/walk splits. I am still trying to decide how to accomplish this. I have a race coming up on Feb 17th (this Sunday! ack!) that I know I’m not ready for and will probably walk more than run. But after that – do I want to revisit the Couch to 5k program? Or do I want to try something completely on my own?
I haven’t decided yet, but I will do something. And when I decide what to do, I’ll blog about it here. I need you all to hold me accountable.
And I will continue to be a runner.