According to SOME people (like one high school track coach and a bunch of idiots on the runnersworld.com forums) I shouldn’t count myself as a “real” runner. Here the Top 10 reasons why:
10. My Freshman year in high school I was dead last in every half-mile, mile, and two-mile race.
9. As I’ve been told (by said coach), I don’t have a “distance runner’s body.”
8. I like running with a buddy, and even chatting during a race. (Gasp!)
7. I really don’t care if anyone talks on a cell phone during a race. Whatever helps them get through it is fine with me.
6. I actually like the singing, cowbells, cheering, and clapping on the sidelines of a race.
5. I can’t run without my ipod. No really, I just CAN’T.
4. I often WALK up the hills.
3. I “run” at a 14 min/mile pace.
2. I’m 80 pounds overweight. Sigh. I’m working on that one.
And the #1 reason I’m not a REAL runner is:
I wear a tutu during long races. Yup, a fluffy, bright orange tutu. For shame!
If you want to know why I consider myself a REAL runner anyway, check out The Top 10 Reasons I AM a Real Runner.