Hi friends! How’s it going? I appreciate all of your input on my last post regarding the after effects of my half-marathon. I think Lily hit the nail on the head when she said that I was likely also very sore because during a race, you tend to go all out. Very true. My race pace was significantly faster than my long run pace (ie, almost a full minute faster, which is a lot in running-speak!)
So, what have I been up to? Well, aside from running, yoga and attending a conference in the most expensive city ever Boston, I went on a super fun trip with some other bloggers to two foodie meccas: Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods!
Thanks for the photo, Heather! 🙂
It was a fun trip and I got a lot of essentials, including sea salt brownies (amaze) and peanut butter filled pretzels. I FORGOT to pick up pumpkin cream cheese. Boo. TJ’s and Whole Foods is only 98 miles from downtown Albany, and I’m seriously considering making a monthly pilgrimage over there to stock up on goodies. Who’s with me? 😉 For a recap of our trip, check out Courtney or Jen’s posts- you may get some ideas as to what to purchase at your next TJ’s trip!
I’ve been thinking about running a lot lately, probably because I haven’t been putting in nearly as many miles as I was during training. The only race I have coming up is a trail run this weekend with Jen (yippee!) and a Turkey Trot with my dad (go dad!!!). Anyway, back in September Nicki was the first runner featured in my “Many Faces of Running Series.” One of my fave bloggers and commenters left an interesting comment on Nicki’s post that really had me thinking. Basically, she said that she although she ran, she wasn’t sure if she considered herself a runner because she wasn’t that fast. Which then begs the question- does speed make a runner?
To me, the answer is quite easy: no, of course not. In my opinion, if you are out there trudging along, be it at a 13:00/mile pace or an 8:00/mile pace, you are still running. This ties into my last post a bit, being that you cannot compare yourself to other runners. Heck, if we were to judge running based solely on speed, wouldn’t only Olympians and professional runners qualify as actual runners? You are not less of a runner because you maintain an 11:00/mile pace. You are not a “jogger” (gosh, what an annoying term) because you can’t maintain an 8:00/mile pace- you are still a runner. You are a runner if you RUN.
In responding to the comment, Nicki indicated that she had recently read the speed is a personal thing, similar to one’s height- just like your height is right for you, so is your speed. I couldn’t agree more, Nicki! What do you think? Do you feel like less of a runner if you can’t maintain a certain speed? Let me know what your thoughts are!
See you soon with a fun race recap!