**Photo credit to my cousin Karishma: Best.Card.Ever!!**
I think I’ve made it pretty clear on my blog that running is one of my favorite forms of exercise. Everytime I take off my trainers, I want to bottle up that feeling of achievement and endorphins. As much as I love the sport, here are some factoids about my ‘relationship’ with running:
- I have never signed up for a race
- I don’t have a burning desire in me to run a marathon (42 km)
- I take walk breaks if I’m not feelin’ it
- I don’t have a formal running schedule (Yasso’s—> say whaaat )
- Other than running shorts, I don’t own specific running attire (I run in the same t-shirt that I slept in)
- I don’t own a Garmin
- My ‘long’ runs don’t tend to be longer than 10 km
Besides all that, I still consider myself a runner. That’s right: runner NOT jogger. The J-word actually makes me cringe. I read something ridiculous that the difference between a runner and jogger is speed: anything above 10 km/h warrants ‘runner’ status. If you ask me, the term jogger is a derogatory label given to someone who lacks speed, endurance, and/or form.
Running is so much more than semantics: it’s a state of mind and having the confidence to call yourself one. Whether you can run one kilometer or 20, at 8km/h or 15km/h, you’re a runner as soon as you strap on your shoes. That’s the best part about running: it’s all relative. YOU are YOUR own benchmark. Even though Paula Radcliffe could run circles around me, I am still pretty fast compared to this time last year…or even 6 months ago. As long as you are propelling forward and make an effort to push your legs to go five steps more or five kilometers more, you are a runner. For those of you who don’t think you can run, give yourself more credit. To get you started, here are my tips to ease into running. My personal disclaimer: it’s addictive!
Just remember one thing: no matter how little/slow you are running, you’re still lapping everyone sitting down…
Do you enjoy running? If so, do you consider yourself a ‘runner’?