Can I Still Call Myself a Runner?
I just realized the other day while chatting with Dave that I haven’t ran a half marathon since the Zooma Half Marathon in 2013 (major throwback post right there). I got a PR during that race and then I really did just quit while I was ahead, because 2 weeks after that race I discovered I was pregnant with Atlas and I haven’t signed up for another long distance race since. I just had babies instead. Can I still call myself a runner?
I think I can, but running looks a lot different for me now. I typically run 2 or 3 days a week and my runs are between 3 and 6 miles. They are usually early in the morning with Ob, on the treadmill at the gym or at random times when I can take the single running stroller with one baby while Dave watches the other munchkin at home. It works for me right now.
That’s the great thing about running – it’s always there when I need it, in just the right dosage. It really is such a spiritual sport for me. That’s so cheesy, isn’t it? But it’s true.
I love that I can include my kids in it too when I bring them in the stroller, especially Atlas. Right after Andi Rose was born, I would take Atlas for runs and we would stop at the playgrounds and play and then run home. It was such a sweet time for us since life with a newborn at home was bananas. He always tells me to ‘run faster’ and he likes to control the music while we run (which sometimes means I listen to the same song 5 times in a row – talk about developing that mental strength).
There are talks in our house of signing up for a half marathon this fall and I want to do it so bad, but Dave is on the fence. I really don’t want to run my first race post-kids without him because I think having him along for the training will help me mentally. I love the idea of it being a family affair, but I certainly don’t want to pressure Dave into doing a race if he isn’t up for it because nothing is worse than training for a long distance race when your heart isn’t in it.
So much has changed since my last half marathon, but I’m still running in Mizunos. I think I’ll be loyal to them forever. I do run in Saucony’s from time to time – especially when I am (was?) doing speed work, just because they are so light.
If we do sign up for the half marathon, I will definitely be writing about my training here. I have a million thoughts swirling around in my head about the whole thing, so if we commit to it then I’ll dish all those here. Getting back to those CnC roots, ya’ll – all about running for those cupcakes!
Where are my runners at? Any good races you guys have on your radar?