Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Trying to be a runner

I’ve been running regularly for over a year now and have seen a lot of improvement in my speed and form and yet I still don’t feel like I belong to the “runner’s club”. I read other running blogs and runners world forums and feel pathetic that I have yet to run even a half-marathon.

Of course, I know this shouldn’t bother me at all because everybody has to start somewhere. Regardless, when I see other runners out on my run I always feel my pace speed up a little as I try to prove myself.

I went on two runs this past weekend in an attempt to burn off the Thanksgiving calories and they were difficult, painful runs. It was quite possibly the amount of booze I drank on Thursday or the biting wind, but by the last mile of my nine mile run on Friday I was barely able to walk.

And (I warn you – this might be TMI) it was also difficult to run because there was a distinct possibility that I might shit my pants. I know I am not the only one that has this problem on long runs and the best advice I have found on runners’ forums is “Run near toilets”. Great. Advice.

Anyway, as I was walking up the hill toward my car a girl was running towards me with a runner’s belt, skinny runner’s body, and judging eyes. Yes, Judging Eyes. Because I was walking. It took all my willpower not to yell, “It’s because I don’t want to shit my pants! Lay Off Lady!” Yeah, take that.


Anonymous said...

you're hilarious!

and i run a few times a year (i'm not kidding) and i know exactly what you mean about proving yourself to the other runners, it's one of the reasons i don't do it often : )

Bayjb said...

Wow. I've never had that happen. But when they judge, it's because they have done it too. One day, you'll have the same judgey looks for someone else.

Anonymous said...

Ha! Meg, you do NOT need to run a half-m to be in any sort of runnner's "club". although I hear what you're sayin - I feel that way about the Marathon now. Which I signed up for - and am terrified of...haha geeze.

Stay away from those judging eyes! what a punk!

and, sadly, i have no further advice on the issue. Other than - maybe lay off any extra Fiber the day before? and the obvious - yup, Bathrooms nearby help ;)