Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I am a runner ...

I am a runner.

I am a runner who has haphazardly completed three sprint triathlons with zero training. Literally, ZERO.

I am a runner who thinks that finishing a triathlon (especially without training) does not make you a triathlete. Just like randomly showing up to a 5K, finishing and never running again, does not make you a runner.

I am a runner who wants to be a triathlete.

I am a runner who wants to own her triathlete status as much as she owns her runner status.

I am a runner who refuses to give up her mileage base to train for the other disciplines.

I am a runner who "doubles" most days. Sometimes, it's a second run. Last night, it was an hour and a half ride on the trainer (Thank the Lord and SpeeDee for the new seat.)

I am a runner who will RACE her next triathlon, not just show up and finish. Limits will be pushed. Barriers will be broken.

I am a runner who will find the extra hours in the day to get it all done. There will be no excuses. No late nights. Lots of early mornings. Hours upon hours of training each week with one goal in mind - 70.3 in Spring 2012 - My 30th birthday present to myself.

I am MORE than a runner ...

36 comments:

Runblondie26 said...

70.3 is no joke. I love the enthusiasm...there's no stopping you now!

Kovas said...

Great attitude - we'll celebrate your success next spring!

Jen said...

I am so excited! Yay.

I did more than show up for the first Tri, but my real challenge is Philly in June. I plan to bring it and leave everything else on the course.

Jogging with Fiction said...

I'm pretty sure if I was training for something else I wouldn't want to give up my mileage base either. Good luck!

MCM Mama said...

So very excited for you!!! I'm sure you'll get it all in, 'cause that's how you roll...

Karen said...

Of course you are doing a 70.3 and you will KILL IT. I have no doubt!

Allison said...

So exciting!

I am having the same issue, I want to become a triathlete, but I don't want to give up any of my running time. Good luck!

Silly Girl Running said...

I knew it! So excited for you! :)

Kortni said...

Wow! You go girl! I thought it was going to be this year. All that time to train is just going to allow you to be super awesome!

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

Hell yeah! Go get 'em TMB! What an awesome plan and 30th bday present! Can't wait to follow your journey to 70.3!

Katie said...

hell yeah. let me know which one you choose, i'll sign up with you! :) happy birthday to YOU!

Jenn @ A Runner's Road said...

You got that!!!! What a great b-day present to yourself!! You will rock a TRI!!!!

Deb said...

Awesome!

You'll earn the "triathlete" title in no time.

And, for the record, you are far more then just a runner or a triathlete.

Pam said...

Rock on, sister... rock on.

Runners Fuel said...

You are more than a runner!! Good luck witht the training, you'll do great!

Meredith said...

Awesome!!!

Stefanie D. said...

You are more than a runner! You are amazing! I love your ambition and determination.

Love and Puppies, Christy said...

AAHHHH! So exciting! You can do it and it will be so awesome! (and you will probably notice some improvements in your running as well...bonus!!)

Emily said...

woooot!! 70.3 is such a fun distance and you're going to be awesome at it!

ann said...

I've been in such a funk today about training. Your post totally inspired me to get out there and do it because I love it and it's what I am.

Marlene said...

YEAH GIRL! I don't have a doubt.

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

OMG, I LOVE it! What 70.3 are you going to race?

And trust me, runners have the best advantage going into triathlons!

Beth said...

You are a super awesome kickass runner. And when you set yourself on racing a half IM you will be a super kickass triathlete, to.

Julia said...

ohhhh!! so excited for you!! it will be fun to follow your journey :)

Emz said...

You will kill this. as you do everything you set your mind to.

Love this.

track coach and adorable wife said...

I've missed you and your take no prisoners attitude. It is awesome that you are becoming a triathlete, they are a cool breed! I can't wait to get back to training, but 70.3 is way out of my range. Kick butt!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Great attitude! The confidence is impressive. I guess a gift like that is kind of on the lay-away plan as in you pay for it a little at a time.
Can't wait to see how all your "payments" pan out next Spring!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

LOVE IT! I know you'll get it in... you'll have to change your "Runner First" slogan, though. ;-) This is going to be a great ride to watch... looking forward to hearing about the journey.

ajh said...

"I am a runner who refuses to give up her mileage base to train for the other disciplines."

This is what I am having trouble with right now. I have been getting up early to run and get my miles in and then biking to school and back with some extra mileage to make it long enough. I am beat!

Twila said...

That rocks! I am so excited for you. I really want to learn to swim the right way one day and do a tri for real. Not with some goofy looking head out of the water dog paddle stroke : )

Wifey said...

Badass in full effect. I have no doubt that you will KILL it. Can't wait to cheer you on.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Alma said...

Right on, T!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Wow oh wow!! Props to you darlin... I am a Runner...hmmm...

And Maybe I will start lifting weights, doing Pilates and getting back into playing Volley ball. I will leave the Tr-ing to Ya'll

kat said...

Great post, very inspiring.

Little Miss Runshine said...

Yay!! I'm a wannabe triathalete too!!! I signed up for my first half ironman for in September! Here I come!!! :)

Colleen said...

Love it - you'll rock that 70.3 too! :)