Thursday, January 19, 2012

An intense debate raging through my head

There are some intense debates going on in my head right now.

Should I change the name of this blog?

The first three years of this blog were all about the family, the kids, motherhood and whatnot.  However, in the past two years and especially the last year, more and more of my posts have turned to my other favorite topic- running (and that brief Summer affair with triathlons. Don't worry- the triathlon circuit will be returning again in just a few months- ha!).

Anyhoo, if I had more time to devote to this, I think I would have changed my blog already to maybe something like:

-Just Another Runner
-Running Mo' (Mo' as in *More*, Mo' as in *a shortened version of our last name*, Mo' as in (Mommy))
-Running MoJo
-Run Mom Run
-See Mom Run
-And Then There Was A Mom Running

I could go on and on.  Also, I don't just write about running (see above).  It's a quandary, I tell you.
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There is also another debate raging through my head.

If you run-walk-run-walk-run-walk to complete your mileage, do you consider yourself a runner or do you identify yourself as a run/walker?  See, I've done both but NOW I am a committed run/walker but I say I am a runner and I consider myself a runner.

I figure I get the job done while giving my body short (very much needed walk breaks) and my pace is still 11-12 minutes, even with those walk breaks.  Sometimes, like this morning, I can crank out a 10:25 min mile even with walk breaks- yes, it is possible.  And yes, I can run the entire mile (or whatever) but why would I want to?!!!!!  I love my walk breaks and a lot of times, I use the thought of an upcoming walk break to push myself harder on the running portions.  Make sense?

Plus, if it's good enough for Jeff Galloway, then it's good enough for me.

Others might see it differently though.  What do you think?  Do you consider those who run/walk to be runners?

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Furthermore, I am doing a 5K Resolution Run this weekend (and tacking on an additional 3 miles because I am in the midst of half marathon training and my long run for Saturday needs to be a total of 6 miles).  When registering, the form asked if I would be competing in the Athena category- Female over 150 lbs.

So my choices were Females age 31-39 or Athena Female, over 150 lbs.

I'm not sure exactly how I feel about being separated into a different category due to my weight.  I mean, I get it- I certainly don't want to compete with the chicks that are 100lbs wet, but really, over 150 lbs is considered *different and necessary of its' own category*?  A part of me doesn't give a flying hoot and want every advantage I can partake in.  Let's be honest, I haven't weighed 150 lbs in a very long time and I'm not sure I'll ever reach 150 again.  Another part of me doesn't like being categorized by weight.

Then, a very smart Brooke asked me *how I would feel if I won an Athena award*?

The answer- Freaking Ecstatic, Jumping For Joy, Fist-Pumping BOO-YAH.  

I have never won a running award (except in my heart) and seriously, I never expect to because *cue honesty*, my average pace is not quite on the same skill level as the elite runner. I couldn't even type that last sentence without chuckling because comparing my pace to an elite runner pace- F'ILARIOUS.

What do you think about having a separate category for those of us who weigh more than 150 lbs?

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I assume everyone knows what F'ILARIOUS means, right?

Chime in- give me your deep thoughts (or not).

Peace out!

7 comments:

Elaine A. said...

Well, you certainly cannot name it that first one because you are more than "just another runner", my friend!

And I'm a walker/runner although I run 90-100% of the time, depending on the distance and how I feel that day. But I still take walking breaks a lot so... I think you are still a runner FOR SURE!

And the weight thing doesn't quiet sit right with me either... I've never seen that before. Huh.

Brooke said...

my thoughts on athena stem more from a practical stand point. during the mountain man memorial march - there are different weight categories, not for the person's weight, but the amount of weight they'll be carrying in their sack. 40# is the heaviest. its darn heavy to carry over that much mileage!

or like a mountain bike category in a triathlon. having said that is signing up for the athena group you saying your body is less than ideal? (keeping with the mtn vs road bike comparison) that's definitely a hard choice.

4suns4me said...

I have never registered for an athena category, although I definitely fit the requirements. It just doesn't really make a difference to me personally. However, it is a great feeling to get an award, I placed 3rd in my age group in my second tri loved getting that recognition. Also, you are a RUNNER, all runners pretty much walk at some point. Anyone that has completed half marathons and tris, have earned the right to call themself a runner!

4suns4me said...

I have never registered for an athena category, although I definitely fit the requirements. It just doesn't really make a difference to me personally. However, it is a great feeling to get an award, I placed 3rd in my age group in my second tri loved getting that recognition. Also, you are a RUNNER, all runners pretty much walk at some point. Anyone that has completed half marathons and tris, have earned the right to call themself a runner!

DSW said...

Oh my gosh, you are such a great writer! You make me laugh! :) I love what you said about run/walking! I need to try that! I think it will help me achieve a better pace! I really appreciate all the help and advice on running and stretching you've given me! :) I'm inspired by YOU! ;) Thanks Lisa!

nicole said...

I think the title you have still fits because the running journey is a part of your growing up. :)

I call myself a runner, even though I walk some. If you run at all then you are a runner, in my book.

I have never seen a weight category option at a race. I get the reason for it, but I would probably not go for it if I qualified. But you gotta do what is right for YOU!

Hope the 6 miles today were good!

Bari said...

It's your blog, so you can call it whatever the eff you want! As for run/walk, I think if you run at all, and especially if the ratio is tipped to the running side, you are definitely a runner.

Filarious is one of my favorite words. I think we know what the other favorite F word is :)