full moon half marathon? don't mind if i do.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Two of my friends/coworkers asked if I wanted to do a full moon half marathon with them in about 3 weeks. If I can scrape together an entry fee I think I will definitely do this. It definitely won't be a PR by any means, especially since one of them has just started getting back into running and neither of them has been pushing pace too much. So it'll be more chil and just for fun, which I think is what I need right now anyways.
On that note, I ran nine miles yesterday. My calf was bothering me a bit but over all it went really well. If it weren't for lack of time I could have easily kept going. People keep asking if I can actually be ready for a half marathon so quickly, but I don't think it'll be a problem as long as my calf isn't a huge problem (it should be fine after taking these next two days off). I don't want to sound cocky or overly confident since I know I haven't been going to far over five miles but I am certain my body can easily handle 13.1 miles, especially if I take the next few weeks to lengthen that long run, and even more so since we'll probably only be running 9-10 minute miles. like I said, it's chil and will be no where near my PR but that's perfectly fine.
Lately, I've been getting the comment from people (not just on here) that 'you don't look like a runner anymore' or 'your not a runner anymore'. And it's really getting to me. To be honest I find that rude and offensive but at the same time I understand it. Yes, I don't run competitively anymore, and yes, i do work outs that don't involve running (it's my job and there's nothing wrong with cross training). That doesn't make me any less of a runner. In my opinion, if you run you are a runner. I may not be 'elite' and i may no longer compete, but I am still a runner and it is still my passion. There is a reason I no longer compete, and now that I seem to be getting past some key problems (knee problems and iron) I will be able to focus more on running. I don't understand why alot of runners have it stuck in their head that they are 'better' than others or seem to think they have the right to 'judge' others. Yes, I may be faster and be able to run farther than my aunt, but I think what matters more is that she's out there to begin with and that she enjoys it and gives it her best. Because at the end of the day, if your not doing it for yourself what's the point.
I believe that with all my heart.