When does running go from something that you "do" to something that you "ARE"? A year ago if anyone had asked me, I would have said that running was something that I did, but that I would definitely not consider myself "a runner". I think I graduated to the status of "A RUNNER" today.
I have done a few races this summer with a couple friends, but my running partner (who is A RUNNER) got injured in June with a stress fracture, so I have been on my own. It is a lot more difficult that I imagined. Especially when I know a race is coming up, and Hayden has to leave early for studying... which has me running at 4:50am. INSANE! Still... I was not "A RUNNER"
When I signed up for the Schutzenfest 5k I was warned that it was a tough, uphill trail/road run and would give me a run for my money. YEAH.. Whatever (or so I thought). This 5k RUN could have been more aptly titled the 5k HIKE. The trail was uphill. I don't mean gradual, I mean UPHILL, like "up the side of a mountain" hiking trail. The only saving grace of the race was the downhill section the last portion of the race. I got a better time on this race than I did on my first race of the summer, but I paid for it too. It is the closest I have come in a race to throwing up during the race, or passing out afterwards. It was BEAUTIFUL terrain. A rain shower came through while we were running, and the leaves on the trail were amazing.
How did I do? Well, lets just say that after my results today... I think, just maybe, I am officially a runner. 1st place in my age division... not too shabby for an old lady :D And I have a beautiful beer mug to show off as my prize.