That’s me, I’m the running imposter. All this time, I’ve been calling myself a runner but I’ve had myself and you all duped the whole time. I always suspected myself to not be a true runner and I always feel odd calling myself one too and now I know. Anyway, here are a few reasons why I’m a running imposter:
- I have run only 53 times in the last year using my Garmin. That breaks down to about once a week, slightly more if you include runs without the Garmin. Also, in that time I ran several races, including 3 half marathons and a 10 miler. How I managed not to injure myself, I have no clue.
- I prefer other fitness over running sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good couple of miles on the road, but sometimes I just want to pump some iron or bounce along to a Zumba song and leave the running gear at home.
- I am considering a 3-run-a-week Marathon Training Plan. I am sure all the runners reading this have their eyes popping out of their heads right now. But I think running 5 days a week will put my body into a stress it won’t appreciate and a mental state that would make me go crazy. At least let me assure you that it has been tested and is an actual plan from a trainer (book) and not something I made up.
So there you have it, I’m not a real runner. I’m an imposter. I’ve even got medals and bibs to prove it. They were all earned with hard sweat from a fake runner. Who knew!
All joking aside, let me now quiet the fears of those who put together those last few tidbits and are now asking what I am going to do about the marathon in October…
- I am going to train for the marathon in October and if I feel that I am not fully prepared, I can always drop down to the half. But mentally and physically, I believe that I am ready to take on the training for a full marathon.
- I will cross train and weight lift during my marathon training because I believe it will help to prevent injury. In order to avoid overtraining, that means some of the running days may need to go.
- The training plan I am considering is an actual plan from a set of trainers and seems to work for most of the people who have used it. It is intense and may actually be harder than the plans that have 5 days a week of running but I find it more interesting and appealing to me so I am considering it.
- While my “base” is not very high, I feel that my fitness base (which is high) will help to overcome that. People with less running experience than me have decided to just lace up and train for a marathon and been successful. I’m not looking to break any world records; I just hope to finish in less than 5 and a half hours. I’ll be ok.
I guess I will talk more about this elusive training plan later when I decide to review the book I read on it. I am being so dodgy because I really feel like an imposter! Like I am flying the face of the running gods who say in order to run, you have to run. But my instinct says you have to be overall fit also. I am still torn. I still have not decided between those marathon plans I mentioned before, the marathon plans that an amazing friend sent to me, this 3-run-a-week plan, and the other millions of plans you can find online.
One thing I can say that makes me a little giddy and excited is that if I can finish so many long distance races without much training, imagine what my results would be if I actually did train properly!! Woah!
PS. Please don’t hate me. I know I’ve tricked you all, telling you I was a true runner. I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me!