I am doing my TiaRT on a Friday. I like to get crazy sometimes, what can I say!
Recently Runners Lounge asked bloggers to submit questions; each week a different chosen blogger will ask a question (mine is coming in a few weeks- shameless plug!). This weeks question is from Marlene! She asks:
When did you know you had become a runner? Was there a defining moment, or was it a gradual progression over time?
I struggled with calling myself a runner or a triathlete for a while and I would always get uncomfortable when someone would refer to me with the statement “she runs” or “she is a triathlete.” I always felt like I had to back it up with amazing stats that didn’t exist. I felt like I needed to be a winner to give myself the title of runner or triathlete. That is, until I had my revelation: Finishing is Winning. No matter where I fall on the results list, I still swam, biked and ran the same miles as everyone else in the race. And I have the T-shirts and medals to prove it!!
A few other indications when I knew I had become a runner/triathlete:
- I WANTED to run/bike. Swimming was never a problem and I always chose it over running and biking when it came to training. When I started choosing to run and bike I knew something in me had changed.
- When my bedtime became that of a pre-schooler because it was important to sleep well before an early morning training session. Not too many years ago 4am was the time I came home and now it is the time I get up.
- I traded my high heels for sneakers. I get WAY more excited about new sneakers than I do new heels. I would prefer to buy new sneakers over new heels as well.
- I was okay with using a porta-potty. And did it often.
- I would rather spend my money on new workout clothes than any other kind of clothing.
- I knew the definitions of brick and ringer.
- I began eating things like GU, blocks and beans.
- I started to plan much of my social life around training; not planning my training around my social life.
- My magazine subscriptions included: Triathlon, Triathlon Life and Runners World.
- I know when it is time to do laundry by the amount of workout clothing I do or do not have in my drawers.
- I started mapping out running/biking routes while driving.
- Things like hydration, nutrition and recovery had a whole new meaning in my life.
- I CHOSE to get in a bathtub full of ice.
- I started requesting my sick days off work to recover from races.
- I started using wasted time, for example waiting in line, to stretch.
- I would get a run in before most of the people I knew were awake for the day.
To answer the question more straightforward, I think it was a series of defining moments of time that led to me “becoming” a runner. It was the reasons listed above but more than that, it was finding the strength within and focusing on the discipline to reach my goals that ultimately gave me the confidence to call myself a runner/triathlete. I carry those titles very close to my heart and have no problem telling people “I am a runner” or “I am a triathlete.”