Friday, August 12, 2011

Spare Legs

I need a pair of spare legs today. Last night I wanted to knock out an easy 3 mile run, I head to the treadmill a bit late and a half mile in I called it quits. My legs just refused to move even at a slow pace.  I even thought I was taking it easy this week since I switched out a kickboxing class for the elliptical. My goal is to now fit this run in today sometime, nothing wrong with switching up my rest day.

I know they are are going to be days when you have a bad workout, a bad weigh in or a bad run, but knowing they will happen doesn't make it any easier to take. Many bloggers have posted over the week about what being a runner means, or how to determine if you are a runner. This is something that I have struggled with and still struggle with. I can never seem to answer the question if I am a runner without adding......a but....I am not fast or I  add some other put down on myself about it. I think what I am missing in running is confidence and I am not sure how to find that. I hope as I continue to run I will gain the knowledge and confidence to respond - Yes I am a runner, are you? The next time someone asks me that question.

Are there area's of runner or fitness that you struggle with? Any tips to overcoming  those struggles?

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  1. Seems like a lot of people want to set out clear rules for who is a "runner". I have even read that one has to go at such and such a pace blah blah blah.

    Six days a week I leave the house and run for at least an hour. If I don't do it, I feel funky and off-kilter. I am a runner. Not an elite runner, not a skinny, toned sexy runner, not a barefoot, hard-*ss do it til it hurts runner... just a runner.

  2. @Renkath - Great point! There is such a wide variety of runners and no two are the same.

  3. It was a funny week. A lot of people had bad runs, myself included. Maybe those bad workouts help keep us humble? Or at least to appreciate what we have more?

  4. Oh my gosh! I had one of those nights last night too!

    I guess we just have to accept that some days are just not good days. I think you did the right thing though. Stop and make it up another day! You inspire!!

  5. I honeslty cant get myself to run on a treadmill, I run for about a half a mile and have to quit, its crazy. I can run outside for miles but me and the treadmill just arent friends. I wish I know how to get over it but I cant!

    I think every once and a while we have good and bad days but it doesnt make use any less of a runner, it makes us normal!

  6. I run outside, after work mostly, and live in Central Florida. Some runs can be really hard because it is very hot and humid here.

    I think it's a victory just getting myself out of the door. Fast or slow, long or short, that is enough.

  7. I am not a runner - i am a weights girl, however, my workouts this week were "weak". However, Monday i am going to start a running program. I think i've been bitten by the bug from reading all these blogs! :) walking by from the FF blog hop!

  8. You are so a runner! Running is such a personal thing, it's not fair to hold everyone to one standard. You may be struggling because your body is adapting and will step up to a new level of performance soon. Hang in there.

  9. I am not a big fan of labels. If you run then I would call you a runner....

    Found you on Fitness Friday Blog Hop.

    Hope your next run is more enjoyable. :)

  10. I actually hate it when people define what a runner should look like.

    You run so you're a runner, no matter what distance or what pace. As long as you keep on running you're a runner and so am I.

    Don't worry about the bad run, you know there will be more bad runs but there's going to be a good one too.

    I've had a bad run too today, legs were tired too but in the end I was happy I went for it and did the distance I had to do.

  11. I thought of this John Bingham quote while reading your post...

    "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."

    You're right, a bad workout or run is never easy to accept but we keep getting out there. We keep pushing and we don't give up.

    My main struggle right now, like most people in the country, is the heat and trying not to get discouraged about my pace when I know it's due to the heat.