[How much did you run?]
“Du laeufst jeden Tag? [you run everyday?]”
“Bist Du heute gelaufen, trotz des Wetters? [Did you run today, even though the weather is like it is?]”
As a someone who has been running for many years, it still surprises me how much I am identified (by others) as a runner. I don’t know why it surprises me, since it’s the thing people see me doing most often and it’s the easiest way to get into conversation with me, but my identity as a runner surprises me. It may have something to do with the fact that I see my own identity as a running one- it’s always in flux, even the kind of “runner” I identify as.
I think I like to identify myself as many other things than as a runner; after all, I also write, study, travel, play soccer, get excited about literature, paint, etc. But I suppose it is fair to say that I spend a lot of time in my “free-time” running, and I do it pretty consistently. I’m also often either on my way to run, or just coming back from it when I run into people.
So, given these facts, it’s fair to say that since living in this studenten Wohnheim (student “dormitory”), I’ve been labeled as “the one who runs.” Not only that, but I have been labeled as a “good runner.” I guess it is sort of impressive to be running 10K a day, and then 20k or more on the weekends, but in the circles I’m used to (in the real world and online) my training is “good,” just not “awesome.”
On the other hand, having this “running identity” makes it easier for others to start a conversation with me, and it’s been one of the most productive ways that I’ve socialized with others in the communal kitchen. These days, I usually have someone who tells me that they ran today, or that they saw me running. I always like to hear when/that others run! I just wish it wasn’t always followed by a “but it wasn’t a lot.” I don’t want people to be intimidated by the fact that I run a lot (or fast-ish). I have a hard time getting any of the people who strike up these conversations with me to want to run with me too. I think they’re too worried that I’ll think they’re slow or don’t run far enough. I have easy runs too!
This all being said, I mainly wanted to use this post to remind the blogging-world that I am still running, even if I’m not updating everyday.
Last week I covered 47 miles. It’s a bit of a jump from the 43 before that, but I’m going to try and be more careful this week. I don’t want to injure myself, especially since I just was accepted in the soccer club in my area. :-) It’s a legitimate German soccer club too, so we’ll see how my career takes off from here! (just kidding).
One of the nice runs this past week was when I listened to my “Runner’s World” calendar (a gag-gift for my birthday earlier this year) and took a “path less-traveled.” The tip for Sunday was to not always run the same routes, but allow oneself to take a left instead of a right once in a while. Since yesterday was supposed to be “easy” (there was soccer practice in the evening), I didn’t want to go down a certain hill to have to run up it again, so I just drifted. By drifting, I discovered a fairly large park near my place (and someplace that had been alluded to by a fellow student in my dorm) that I may return to more frequently when I don’t want to run on the Elbe.
This picture is better lit than the one I would have taken at the time I ran yesterday (days are shorter here than in Florida and the light wasn’t up when I ran through the park).
I still like my run on the Elbe though, and return to that most frequently.
Today was also my first
Day, This means in “Hamburger” the kind of weather than no sane person would want to go run in, and honestly, I did feel a bit insane running in it. But I really enjoyed the hot shower afterward, and I got a good tempo run in (partly cold-induced), so it was worth it.
Hope you are having a good week.