My wonderful husband got me Runner’s World magazine for Christmas. One issue in, and I have learned two things.
One, it’s a great magazine and I am totally enjoying reading people who focus on running even more than I do. It does seem to be aimed more at long distance runners, which I don’t really aspire to. For one thing, with my knee damage, I would rather run short distances for a longer period of time than long distances for a short time. For another, not sure that UltraMarathoning is truly good for a human body. We weren’t really built for that. Which, of course, is why it is so amazing that runners can do it. But most of the articles apply to all running, and are right on point.
The other thing I learned was that I am a runner. As I read the article by the young lady who ran a marathon (and placed) in a different brand of shoe than she had been in love with for several years and felt oddly like she had betrayed her previous sneakers, it occurred to me that if I only had time to run or ride the horse, I would be waving to the mare on the way out of the driveway for my run.
Running comes first. And I think that is what defines a runner, not the mileage or the speed, just the intent.
I enjoy yoga, I do weights because it helps with running, kickboxing is a great way to blow off steam, kayaking is pretty and I love my horses. But I would rather run than do any of those. And I hope everyone has that one activity that they would just rather do more than anything else, because running brings me peace. And everyone needs that.