I’m sure we’ve all felt this way at one point: someone, maybe a coworker or your mom, mentions you in a sentence as a “runner”. You’re shocked and a bit confused – you’re not a runner! You just run a lot, and do some races, and have big running goals (Disney Princess anyone?)…
For a lot of people, it’s hard to make that transition from someone who never ran before to being called a “runner”. At what point did you feel like a runner? Do you still ever feel like you’re not a “real” runner?
I’ll admit that there are some moments where I really don’t feel like a runner yet, and it’s mostly caused by not understanding a “running term” that people are talking about, or just recently learning that there are things I can buy that will make running a lot easier (such as foam rollers and compression socks). And although I’m getting through running just fine without these things, I think being a bit more educated on the running culture in general is what makes people (at least, people like me) feel more like a runner. I mean, if you know what a fartlek is, you’ll feel better when you’re around runners who are talking about it! So for all of you runners out there, here‘s a list of some common running terms from Runner’s World. So now when you’re running a negative split, you’ll actually be able to talk about it later! 🙂
Now here’s where I need your help: I’m actually still pretty clueless on some running stuff, so leave me a comment if you can answer some of my questions!
Compression socks: When do you wear them? How often do you wear them?
Fuel: What’s your favorite kind of fuel? When/how often do you use fuel? Should I be using fuel on my 5 mile runs, or wait until I’m running longer? (I know some of this depends on my body and what works for me but I’d love to hear what you do!)
Foam Rollers: Who has one? Should I get one? Any brand recommendations?
When did you first feel like a runner? Do you think understanding common running terms and how to use running tools made you feel like a “real” runner?