|I was proud to call myself a runner. I felt like I belonged to a group. I ran everyday no matter what the weather – cold, heat, rain, snow, sleet… no matter what. My co-workers and family would ask me how my runs were. My neighbors could pretty much set their watches by me each morning. On snowy days, some of my colleagues and neighbors would ask “You didn’t run today – did you?” My answer was always, “Absolutely.”Then it happened. I became injured and the doctor advised that I stop running until the pain went away. It’s been almost 9 months since I last ran (other than trying to catch a train). I’ve started using an arc trainer instead of running (more on that later). And, I do have to say … I really love it and it is a lot of fun. I’ve hooked my laptop up to stream Netflix movies / tv shows while I work out and it ends up being really great.|
Now, I recognize that to become healthy and be healthy, I need time off and should stop running to let my injury heal but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. And, it has been fun to try something new but now it leaves me feeling left out of a club and confused about who I am. Am I still a runner? … a former runner? What do you think?