I am enjoying a low-key morning before I have to go into work. So low-key I might not even run. (Gasp, I know.) For some reason I was really motivated to run last week, but this week I’m not. I think it has to do with the fact I really wanted to run 50 miles last week, which I did, and then going into this week my mentality was “eh, I’ll just run whatever I feel like.” This is not normally something I would do, and I am definitely using my pregnancy as the excuse. I’m okay taking a few days off here and there, but I start to feel lazy if I do it too often.
This past weekend Craig and I had a 2nd house warming party. We had our first house-warming party back in November, but then the seller’s realtor contacted us in December and offered to host a house warming party. I told them we had already done one, but they said we could do a second one. D’Ette and her team came over with Hawaiian-themed food and served a nice meal for our guests. It was so nice not to have to prepare food on top of getting the house clean and ready to show off.
When I was running with a friend last week, she told me she doesn’t classify herself as a competitive runner because she isn’t “that fast,” an elite runner, or someone who finishes in the top X percentage at races.
Yet I definitely do see her as a competitive runner. She:
– continually strives for new PRs.
– trains on a consistent and regular basis.
– follows a plan.
– gets frustrated when an injury arises yet doesn’t give up on running.
– runs year-round with minimal breaks.
– qualified for Boston in her first marathon!
In your opinion, what defines a competitive runner?
The individual who qualified for the Olympic trials in the marathon?
How about someone who qualified for Boston?
Does a competitive runner run at least so many races per year?
Is it their goal to achieve new PRs?
Of course there is a lot of “gray” to this topic, but I did think it was interesting to think about when she mentioned this during our run. Please comment below on what you think defines a competitive runner. I definitely think someone who is dedicated in their running (runs on a consistent basis), wants to (and works to) achieve PRs, and enjoys running can be someone who defines a competitive runner.