I call myself a runner.
I ran almost every other day last Spring and Summer. I would race up the hill on the final stretch of my run in front of my apartment building and praise my inner Rocky for breaking through the wall and pushing myself. My reward was the runners high that elates me to the point of calling my friends because I'm so pumped!!! I call myself a runner.
Then it rains, or I'm sick, or it's winter...like now. I'm indoors with my cardio. My fitness priorities haven't wavered, but I've swapped the sneakers pounding the pavement for a DVD and annoying the people below me with my indoor plyo or kickboxing or what ever is on the cardio menu for the day.
I tell myself that I'm being safe. I don't want to risk slipping on ice and injuring myself. I don't want to catch a cold from sweating in below zero temperatures...
Yesterday I went into the office (on a Saturday ...shudder) and as I was pumping gas into the car I saw a group of about 5 people running .... and there was snow, and it was windy, and it is Winter, and uber early... but there they were! I bet they were even older than I am!!
I'm a runner? I'm a seasonal runner? True, when I had the trial gym membership (can't justify the price right now) I ran in the winter, but on a treadmill. Nothing beats the outdoors with the hills, the twists and turns, the scenery, sounds and smells!
I need to educate myself on winter running. I really want to be a full fledged runner. It's the one time I feel athletic as my hand eye coordination is basic at best. When I run I feel strong, free, powerful, happy, athletic... I run and I think about the family I lost. I run for them, for me, for pushing myself when my body says stop but I keep going!
My goal is to speak with people who run in all climates and get advice. We have a running group at work. I will contact the coordinator of that group and get some answers. I will adjust my running to the road conditions. I want to stop the excuses. A friend once told me if you only run when the weather is perfect, you'll only run a handful of times a year.
So that's another goal. Be a runner...anywhere!