Monday, October 10, 2011


Week of October 2, 2011:

Bike: Saturday (grocery-shopping via la bicicleta)

Week of October 9, 2011:

Run: Sunday (longest run this season!  But I’m still watchless, so I have no numbers.) 

People like to argue about what makes you a “real runner.”  Is it your mileage, your race times, your willingness to get up at 5 AM to run?  I say it’s all of those things, or none of those things.  Maybe it’s just your willingness to lace up some sneakers and attempt to move quickly over the ground on your own two feet.

But in my heart of hearts, what I really think makes you a runner is your willingness to get dirty and sweaty during your run.  I submit the following as proof that yes, I am a runner.

Mud on Ankles

Mud on Calf

Post-run and Tired


  1. A long-sleeved tee? You must truly be having some delightful weather! If sweat is proof of one's identity as a runner, then I must be an elite. :)

  2. Rosiecat and Raquelita....if sweat proves ones ability as arunner, then I am pretty sure I am headed to London in 2012! Besides that I admit that I love going running when it is kind of sloppy wet outside. I don't know what it is, but getting a bit muddy and wet kind of makes me feel alive as a runner. I think it is just a reversion to 5th grade and wanting to jump in the puddles.

  3. Raquelita, you certainly inspire me :-) It was probably a tad too warm for the long sleeves, but only after I was really warmed up and chugging along.

    Me too, JD! There's something really awesome about being exposed to the elements like that--it feels very raw and primal to me. And the rain can keep you pleasantly cool too.

    Sweat on, friends!