Can you be a runner without running?

I started out this year so strong.

I was running basically everyday and loving it like crazy.

My days consisted up waking up, getting the kids ready for school, dropping them off, then heading to the gym for 2 hours.

Since school ended that routine has been absent. The kids are allowed to stay up a bit later which means that they sleep in a bit longer and we just can’t seem to make it to the gym before 9:30. The problem with that is by the time the kids are settled in child care and I stretch, I really only have about 30 minutes to run and do strength training.

Yes, there is the option of running from home. But then I need to wait until the Hubs gets home to watch the kids which is after 5pm, and we typically eat dinner shortly after. I don’t go after dinner because, well, have you tried to run a few miles on a full stomach? Not the best thing in the world.

I know these are all excuses and some of them aren’t even good ones. I’m just in a slump.

I will say that I’m keeping up on my goal of running a 5K each month through the end of the year.

run walk ride 2011In June I ran the “Run, Walk, Ride” 5K by Habitat for Humanity. Since it was in my hometown I new the course well and knew that it included several hills. My goal for this race was to run every single hill. I’m happy to say that I did just that. My family stayed home because the weather was cruddy, which meant this was the first race I didn’t have someone waiting for me at the finish line. That was a little hard, but I overcame it. My time for this race was nothing to right home about. I did learn though that the course was almost a 1/2 mile longer than a 5K so that made me feel better. I finished in 43:37. Bleh.

In July I participated in the Turkey Trot. Another local race that coincides with a festival we have in town called Turkey Rama. The Turkey Trot consisted of a 2 mile walk and 5k/8k run. It was a beautiful day to run actually. The sun was shining and it wasn’t too warm. turkeytrotThe family surprised me by being at the first cross street to cheer me on. I knew they planned on being at the finish line, but to hear 2 sweet voices call out to me as I ran up the first hill was awesome. The course was probably the hardest I have had yet. The race started with a downhill charge and then a gradual incline which leveled off for about 3/4 of a mile then went into an incline over a small hill. Once you got to the bottom you turned a corner which put you on a street with another gradual incline. Just when I thought I had made it to the top and would start heading back down, we turned on a different street that had even a steeper incline before we make the trek back downhill. Once we reached the bottom it was nice and flat for about a mile, then we turned off again and went into a neighborhood that consisted of many dips and hills. The final stretch was once again a slight incline to which the race ended. My time was decent, I have yet to beat my personal best which I set during my second 5K but considering I’m not running it was still alright. Time- 38:13.

So back to my original question. Can I be a runner when I’m not actively running?

I plan on running the BlogHer 5K next week, although being 2 miles it’s not a true 5K. Ultimately it will depend on how late I stay up Thursday night. Regardless it will not count as my 5K for the month. I plan on doing one on the 21st of August in Michigan while we are on vacation. I’m still determined to complete a 5K each month regardless if I’m actively training or not so perhaps I can still call myself a runner.

What do you think?

Comments

  1. I think that if you are out-of-town and do a two-mile, somewhat competitive race, that should count toward your goal. Seriously!

    This summer has been brutal on a lot of exercising for a lot of folks, trust that. My wife signed up for “boot camp” at the local rec center, and they have had to move running activities inside more than once!

    • Thanks Rob.. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself. I know I will get back into the groove once school starts but that’s a month away! *sigh*

      I just need to get my bum in gear since I will be participating in the Warrior Dash in September :S

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