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Runner vs. Running

by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 2:19 PM

I am not a runner.  But, I like to run.  There is a big difference.

To be a runner means you run fast, eat right and well, look the part.  I am none of those things.  I really run so I can eat the treats I like and, for the most part, still fit in my clothes.  Ok, it's not just about the eating (although, that's a big part of it).  I am an intensely competitive person.  Running gives me a chance to challenge myself and see if I can cross the finish line before the person next to me.  This plan sometimes backfires on me when I run in smaller races and there is no one beside me as I approach the end.

I am in the process of preparing for my next half marathon.  Louisville is hosting a new race on November 12th and I have signed up for this race so I will keep running.  Without an upcoming race my desire to bundle up in the cold and brave the elements diminishes greatly. 

While I do like seeing if I can finish the race before the person next to me, my main goal for training to this race is to slim down.  I want to fit into my PK clothes and hope that this race will help me with that obstacle.  My PK clothes are clothes that I could wear pre-Katherine.  My beautiful daughter was born last year. So far, so good.  I'm pretty close.  I wore a suit the other day that I couldn't fit into last year.

Today the training schedule calls for a five mile run.  I will fit that into the schedule tonight.  I have it written in ink in my paper calendar.  People still make fun of me for using a paper organizer but when you write it in ink you can't erase it or delete it.  The appointment sticks and I will be pounding the pavement in the cold tonight.  Afterward I will not treat myself to a Rice Crispy Treat.  Maybe just one would be ok.  Happy trails.

 

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