I thought I was a real runner before. When I continued running after the Freihofer's last June, when I started researching ways to make myself a better runner, when I started buying running clothes and gadgets. But today, today my friends, today I became a real runner.
As mentioned previously I did not run outside last Sunday. Which meant I did not run/walk the big hill. I started the week with a deficit of miles. So I've been trying to make up for that by running more on the treadmill. Usually my Wednesday run is my speed workout in which I do some kind of crazy intervals and attempt not to die. I didn't run yesterday so today was my Wednesday run, but I decided against the intervals and instead did hills on the treadmill. I've been running at a 1% incline to better simulate road-running, but today I cranked it up. I walked, then ran at %1, then ran at 3% for half a mile (with a 5.5 speed). Then repeated that. I finished it up with a final walk at a 5% incline.
That does not make me a real runner.
The entire time I was running I felt something amiss with my toe... a little bit too much closeness. Like a NAIL digging into the neighboring toe. But still, I ran. When I got done and took my shoes off to get in the shower I looked down and saw a nice bloody mess from what was indeed a toenail digging into the side of my other toe. My first bloody running injury!
I have arrived.