I know that I’m perfectly within my rights to call myself a runner. I run; therefore, I am a runner. These days, I identify more as a runner than almost any other label–except for geek, really.
So when I read articles or see websites that say if you either run fewer than 25 miles a week or just 3 miles at a time, you’re classified a beginner, it kind of bugs me.
I mean, I know I’m not a life-long runner, and I am new to the sport, but after almost a year of running, it feels weird to be lumped in with people who can’t run 30 seconds. (Not that there is anything wrong with that–I’ve just since moved past that segment of my training.)
Why is it weird? Because those articles aren’t for me. I know the information in them. I have progressed past the point where that info was helpful. And it was helpful. It got me to where I am now.
Which is out of the beginner bracket. I feel that I’m squarely in the intermediate category of runners these days.
But I can’t find a lot of advice for intermediate runners. It’s all catered toward the C25K crowd of beginners or to the 13.2+ crowd. Honestly, I’ve had a hard time finding a lot of info on what it takes to consistently run 5-10 miles at a time.
The online running community seems pretty dichotomous to me-you’re either a beginner or a marathoner–and that’s not the case. There are plenty of people who run intermediate distances, but there’s not a lot of support for us.
The Wrong Perspective?
Or am I looking at it the wrong way? Am I still a running newbie and just don’t realize it?
Have I built up how much I’ve accomplished in the past year? Is 10K training still within the beginner’s realm, even though I couldn’t run 60 seconds at this time last year?
It Doesn’t Matter
As much as it bothers me to put in this many miles and still be seen as a newbie within my chosen community, it doesn’t really matter. I run what I can. I read what I can. And I see myself getting better at what I do.
I’ve lost weight, my clothes fit better, and my asthma is much more manageable. My life is better because I run.
And honestly, if it’s this much better, and I’m still a newbie, I can’t wait to see what my life is like when I’m an expert.
Or even an intermediate runner. Whenever that may be.