My name is Andrea, and I am not a technical runner.
I run because I like it and I like how running makes me feel. I run because I like competing against myself and challenging myself in different ways. I run to run. Plain and simple.
The only “runner speak” I know is:
- HRM = Heart Rate Monitor
- Garmin = Over priced GPS device worn on wrist
- PR = Personal Record
- PDR = Personal Distance Record
That’s it. This is all I know.
When runners start talking about negative splits, positive splits, and occasional banana splits, I have no idea what they are talking about. Usually numbers follow those splits and those numbers mean nothing to me other than looking like a bunch of random numbers tossed around.
If I don’t know what a split is, I certainly don’t know what Fartleks are.
A tempo run? Is that running to a Latin beat? I have no idea.
Those of you that can lay out your long runs mile by mile amaze me. After my run, all I know is how the run went. I cannot even begin to try and figure out how I felt at mile 5 verses mile 2.
And lastly, on occasion you’ll see something like this on a running blog:
“Today I did 4x800s followed with 16x600s and wow was I glad I was done when it was over!”
Why? I have not the slightest clue why these numbers would wear a runner out. Does one have to count to 16 600 times? Because, wow that would wear me out too! And I would want to be a rebel and just push to 20 on occasion.
Also? I’m too lazy to look any of this up. Either that or I’m super not interested. Possibly both.
I like running blogs that talk about their runs and why they enjoy running. What happened on their run and what they felt like during their run. When blogs get too technical with the stuff I just mentioned, my eyes glaze over and I move on. It’s nothing against the blog because all types of blogs appeal to all types of people. Super technical running/training blogs just don’t appeal to me.
Because when I run, my focus is on the run and how I’m feeling at the time. What I saw on my run and maybe what I didn’t see. Did I push myself today or take it easy? Did I get some mileage in or do a quick run? And since this is what my focus is on, I tend to gravitate towards running blogs that talk about the same things. I don’t really focus on numbers and I have no big goals that I’m looking to achieve because I’ve already achieved what I set out to do: become a distance runner.
I just like to run. It’s my peace, my calming force, and my alone time. I don’t need outside forces to motivate me because running, by itself, is a great motivator. Will I ever learn what those terms mean? Most likely, because as I already stated, I like to challenge myself in new ways with regards to running. However, my run posts and recaps won’t be dominated by numbers and splits, and farts. My run posts and recaps will be dominated by thoughts, emotions, and sights.
At this point, not knowing what those terms mean doesn’t bother me at all. Whatever. I run because I like it and who gives a flip if I don’t know all the super technical words that can be tagged on to a simple run.
My name is Andrea and I am not a technical runner.