Running is a pretty simple sport when it comes down to it. You lace up your shoes and put one foot in front of the other for a certain amount of time, right? Wrong! There are so many different ways to tackle a run, and so many runners to take it on. There are so many different kinds of runners with different goals, desires, and wants. What kind of runner are you?
The Naked Runner
You go out for a run with no real goal in mind. You leave the watch on the dresser and are just in it for the enjoyment. Yes, you are wearing clothes, but you just don’t care about your time, distance, or speed. Running is a way to have a few moments to yourself. You really don’t keep track of your running. You just know you completed a run on a certain day, and that’s all the confirmation you need.
The Consistent – Every – Day – Runner
You run the same route and the same mileage – every single day. There is nothing that can stop you from getting in those miles. You don’t even need a watch to keep track of your distance, because you know your route like the back of your hand. Each morning, you wake up to an alarm and really don’t think twice about getting out there. It is as normal for you to go on the same run as it is to brush your teeth. Total and complete habit.
The Run When I Feel Like It Runner
You get the urge to go running a few times a week, sometimes a few times a month, or maybe even a few times a year. Each time you get out there, you think how much easier it would be to just run a little more often – you would end up being in so much better shape and the runs wouldn’t be nearly as tough. Yet, you still keep your shoes in the closet until 3 weeks creeps by, and you decide to go run again.
The I’m Married to my Garmin Runner
There isn’t a run you start without your GPS watch. You have to know your pace and exact distance, no matter what. If you set out for a 7 mile, 6.97 just won’t cut it. You have to get to that 7.0 mark to really call it a completed 7 mile run.
The I Can’t Say No To A Race Runner
You look at your bank statement, only to see there is a whole lot of your paycheck dedicated to race entry fees. You race most weekends in the fall, and the same comes for the spring. Your only reprieve is in the summer, when races are just too hot to even think about hosting, let alone running. Your alarm goes off far too early for a Saturday, only for you to curse it, and then do the exact same thing the next weekend. Along with races, you have more race medals and t-shirts than you are ever going to know what to do with. A new race is announced, and you can’t wait to sign up for the inaugural event. Your running coach may tell you to hold off on so many races in fear of burnout, but you can’t listen. Racing is way too much fun.
The Focused Goal Race Runner
You have your eyes on one race for the season, and nothing is going to stop you from getting there. The only race you may sign up for between now and then is a race to use as a training run, but there is no way you are going to race it. You need to save your energy for your speed workout in a couple of days. You have every run and workout written out in a calendar or training plan for the next 4 months. Each workout is meticulously calculated, and you make sure your GPS reflects the correct mileage after each run. It’s your goal race or bust – no ifs, ands, or buts about it.