Runner's Identity Syndrome
November 23, 2009
The first week I actually ran a fever, and spend the day on the couch watching movies like 'Scenes from a mall' and 'The Others' and trying to keep the kids in check. The second week I was up and about, but even walking the kids to school left me breathless and sweaty. Kind of like after a really long run.
But now it's been two weeks, and I'm starting to worry. What if I'm not a runner anymore? I feel like I should go out there and reclaim my identity as a runner. But at the same time, I'm still not back to my old self.
I'm puzzled: am I lazy and full of excuses, or should I take my body seriously?
This is one thing where running differs from mothering. I never have to worry of losing my identity as a mom, because my kids take care of that by screaming 'Mommyyyyy!' all the time.
Perhaps tomorrow, I'll go out for a small run. Just to make sure I'm still a runner.