I started running as a New Year's resolution in 2001. Four months later I ran my first 10k. Looking back on it, the whole thing was pretty funny. The race started and I took off like a crazed 3rd grader at field day. I got to the first mile and thought woo hoo I am flying. That was about when I ran out of steam and had to walk. Then as soon as I caught my breath off I'd go again like a crazy person.
The really sad thing was that after that I learned how to pace myself and it took me a long time to actually beat that time.
So now it's 2013 which means that I've been running for over 12 years. I've done countless 5k's, 8k's, 10k's, a few random distances like 4 and 5 milers, one marathon, and a couple dozen half marathons.
I get up every day at 5:30 to run between 4 and 5 miles.
And yet, I'm carrying around a gut so I don't LOOK like a runner.
There are a lot of runners at work and they all treat me like one of them. We see each other at races and the after race parties so my issue is not with them.
What bothers me other than the gut I can't seem to shake is that from time to time I have this conversation where someone will talk about someone else who is a "runner" and I say yea I'm a runner too.
person: oh but David is a RUNNER, he gets up crazy early and runs every day
me: yes so do I, in fact just last week we saw each other over near the park
person: but david is a RUNNER
sigh yes David is a runner. He's crazy fast and actually came in 6th in the outer banks marathon a couple of years so I get what they're saying, what they're really saying is that David LOOKS like a runner whereas I suppose what I do is "jog" or something somehow less impressive.
I realize its vain and all but I want a different reaction.
when I saw I'm a runner I want people to say "oh I should have known" instead of "oh but X person is a REAL runner"