Thursday, September 8, 2011

I've decided running clothes/shoes are too expensive, and I should be sponsored. Of course the problem with this is that I'm not very fast. But! I figure that since I'm not fast, in races - I'm in the pack, so more people are actually around me and can be like "Man, I really need to catch that girl in awesome top/shoes/skirt/shorts. I wonder who makes them?" Ok. People don't actually think that during races (I don't think they do, anyway), but still, more people around me, unlike the leaders who are way out in front, who the pack never sees. So, they should sponsor me because more runners will see me. Of course, the other problem is that I don't tend to wear a lot from one brand, and I'd be fired from being...a sponsoree. But still, I'm all for free stuff, and running stuff gets expensive.

Also, I feel it is necessary to link to this open letter to non-runners by Lesley @ Racing it off, because...word.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

On being a 'runner'

Think of this as the obligatory "I consider myself a runner because..." post.

When I am actually running (i.e. when I'm not taking a 10 year hiatus from running), I've never not considered myself a runner. It's not because I enter races (even though I do), and not because I can run longer distances (which I do), not because I place overall, or even in my age group (because I don't). It's not because I train a ridiculous amount to not place in my age group (which I think is true, but that could be my lazy side speaking), or the speedwork, and drills I do.

It's because, despite the bitching I do about speedwork, running in heat and humidity, running when it's -25 with the windchill, and runs over 20 k, and despite the complaining I do about waking up at stupid o'clock for long runs, and the fact that I can't go out as late, or as often because of running, there is nothing I'd rather do. Even though I bitch and complain and don't place in my age group when I race, I still love to do it. Because sometimes I have one of those perfect runs where the weather is fantastic, and I feel fantastic, and the run is over before I know it, and it's awesomet. Because even though I don't place in my age group, I am getting PBs/PRs, which is just as good (although does not get me free socks). Because I've met some fantastic people are just starting to run, and some that have been running for ages. Because when it comes down to it, I enjoy it.

And that's why I'm a runner