I’m a Runner

I started running last April. I’d never run more then a mile in my life and there I was training for a half-marathon. Trust me there were times when I questioned my sanity. Why couldn’t I start with a 5k? I was in a place in my life where I needed to set a goal and reach it. So when a friend invited me to run the “Hershey Half Marathon” I thought this was it. I ran the half-marathon a year ago yesterday and have run two 10ks since. Yet I’ve struggled calling myself a “runner”. That somehow I had not earned the title. I would never think that about anyone else but, that’s how I felt about myself. That’s why I love this quote from John Bingham┬áso much. After reading this I felt silly not not being able to say I was a runner. What test was I looking to pass? What membership card was I waiting for? I’ve been a runner for over a year now. I’m going to be a runner for a long time to come.

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5 Responses to I’m a Runner

  1. AlisonL says:

    So proud of you!!! Its been great to watch your journey unfold – and YES you ARE A RUNNER! <3

    • christinepeel says:

      Thank you Alison! You always inspire me.

      • Etsumi says:

        IF I try for this (and it’s a REALLY big “if”), I think I found the perfect quilnfyaig race. It’s held on July 4 near Portland, OR and is totally flat. It also seems to be a rather small race, so I won’t have to worry about winding my way through a lot of people. My quilnfyaig time will be 4 hours (plus 59 seconds, of course!). Thing is, I haven’t even run a whole marathon yet! (I will be doing so this September, but it’s in France and features 22 wine tastings during the race, so I’ll be taking it REAL slow).

  2. Florencia says:

    thanks! I was actually just planinng on a spring qualifier to get me into boston 2009 … but when my coach heard that his time from last fall is good for two years & he realized he could run it again in 08, we stepped up my schedule just a bit! so i’m back to doing a fall qualifier. here’s the thing though – if i don’t make the time for my age for 08, i might make the time needed for my age to get me into 09 …(i hit the magic 40 in 08 & get 5 extra minutes on my time) so either way, there’s a chance i’ll be there both years. all just remains to be seen … must work hard & hope for the best! thanks for reading & commenting!!

  3. Bes says:

    Congrats on a great time for your race. Good luck with your Marathon training. I start mine next week using one of Hal’s plans as well but I might be rhtienking it. Running 4 days a week is hard for me. I think I’d rather squeeze in an extra cross-training session on the Wednesday. Good luck.

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