I can tell you Who I Am by telling you Who I'm Not.
I'm not a vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free, or any of that. I love chicken, pork, hot dogs, and medium rare steak. I eat whatever I want and whenever I want, but I listen to my body. If I'm hungry, I eat. If I'm not, I don't eat. In fact, I just ate a slice of cold pizza for breakfast...at10:30am. (I woke up at 630 with my boyfriend, made him breakfast and lunch, came home, and fell back asleep for an hour until 10.) This said, I also don't eat Twinkes and Lunchables, etc. I used to eat pure junk and now I eat much healthier than I did before. I love yogurt with granola, peanut butter, and bananas for breakfast. I have an addiction to Jimmy John's for lunch. Dinner is always up in the air as I work 4 nights a week until 8 or 9 and the other 3 nights are with my meat-and-potatoes boyfriend.
I am not an expert. I have not been running since I was a kid, I wasn't in sports until college when I was on the dance team, I am still unsure of many things training wise. I can't offer sound advice, but I can surely tell you what works for me and remind you that every person is different. I've only raced in a 5k, 8k, 10 miler, and half marathon. The thought of running a full marathon scares me, but I will be running the Chicago Marathon one day and I have a plan to run an international marathon the year I turn 30.
I'm not a cycler or a swimmer but I very badly want to participate in the Chicago Sprint triathlon in 2011. I don't even know the first thing about buying a bike or how long it might take to swim a mile, but I want to do it. I'm a dreamer, always have been and always will be. The dreams that I really want I turn into reality.
I'm not a serious athlete, I skip more of my running days than I actually run. I am a person who enjoys running. I listen to my body and I think that if I forced myself to run every day I am scheduled to run for that mileage I might not enjoy it anymore.
I'm just your average person, out running on the lakefront path.
I run because running is my time for me and my head. Yes, I have my iPod with me but only a few songs actually capture my attention, the rest are just there to be there. I don't use my iPod for races though because I much prefer the sounds of the people volunteering their time to cheer all the runners on.
I run because it feels good to power myself and be in charge. No group fitness classes to follow along with, no needing to count sets and reps, no personal trainer handing you weights and telling you what to do. It's just me. I control my workout, I can go at my pace, I can alter my 5 miler to a 7 miler or vise versa if I feel like it.
I run because I want to. Not because I have to (ok, maybe some days I *have* to).
I run to keep healthy, not to be in shape. My family has a bad history of diabetes and other medical conditions that can be kept under control by maintaing my weight.
Lastly, I run because, well, I like to.