WWTD: Channeling my inner runner

13 Jan

I have never been comfortable with the label “runner”.  Even when I was marathon training, I would tell folks I was training for a marathon and the response would be, “Oh, so you are a runner?”  My typical response was, “Umm, not really.  I am just a cyclist who happens to run.”  Runners are skinny and lanky (which we all know is not true) and well they don’t feel like they are going to die every time they head out for a run.

I am very fortunate to live in beautiful Mission Viejo and I live right next to Lake Mission Viejo which is exactly 5K all the way around.  Although it is very hilly, it has become my running loop.  I have always thought, some day I am going to run it twice.  I have done sections twice, but never the whole thing.  I can run 6 miles on the treadmill, no problem, but that is flat (well I make it flat).  So yesterday I decided, why not just go for it.  On Saturday I have a skills clinic, so I knew I didn’t need fresh strong legs and I would have time to recover for my ride on Sunday.  So I channeled my inner runner and thought about my favorite runner, WWTD or What Would Tonia Do? (I mean she ran 2 marathons in 1 week!)


So I did my best to pretend that I was a runner, to pretend I was Tonia.

Two hours before my run, I drank my nuun (that is what runners drink) and ate a mini luna bar (that is what runners eat).  I also drank a lot of water, but I always do that!  Then I got dresses, WWTD?

A) My TMB Endurance band – to keep my wispys and bangs in place, serious runner aren’t messing about with their hair, have you seen how short T’s hair is??

B) My RUNning singlet.  It even says that I RUN!

C) My Road ID, in case I can’t channel T and I DO die.

D) My Garmin 310XT AND I actually remembered my heart rate monitor chest strap

E) Running shorts, I know that T would be wearing a skirt, I can’t quite go there

F) CEP compression socks, I have only used these for recovery, but real runners run in them!

G) Asic GEL-Nimbus, yeah I do have yanks in them.  Real runners probably use laces, but after tris I hate shoe laces!

It was perfect weather, about 70 degrees and I started out feeling pretty good.  I did make a rookie mistake, you see I need to do laundry and I was out of the “good” shorts bras.  About a half mile in, I was feeling it.  Up and down, bouncy bouncy…but I am TOUGH…I kept on running.  Lap one went really, really well besides the eh hem chest pain.  The run has a pretty steep climb at the beginning, which I trucked up on lap 1, lap 2 was a little more difficult but actually it felt about as difficult as it normally does.

Pretty convincing performance, eh?  I was proud of myself.  Although my stomach was NOT happy with me, so I am not a real runner…yet.

This is my favorite part…the outtakes…


10 Responses to “WWTD: Channeling my inner runner”

  1. Lt. Awesomesauce January 13, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Best post ever! You are so a runner, you just need to embrace it.

    Oh, and you’re right, all runners eat Clif/Luna bars. It’s an unwritten rule.

    • Holly January 13, 2012 at 11:09 am #

      I don’t like clif/luna bars, I prefer lara bars!

  2. Pam January 13, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Definitely a runner!!! 😀 oh, and my stomach doesn’t usually like me during runs either – it’s called runner’s trots LOL

  3. Cassandra January 13, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Ha ha I love it! WWTD! Tonia, looks like you could do some marketing with this. I would totally wear a TMB Endurance Band with WWTD. funny.

  4. Amanda January 13, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Awesome! Love the pics. And maybe next time try a banana before the run….helps the tummy. You can trust me on that one. :o)

  5. Candice January 13, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    The stomach thing is part of being a runner too. At least that is what I tell myself.

    Nice job channeling your inner runner. I think it has been there all along =)

  6. rene' whiteley (warren) January 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    you did it and that is all that matters, but you definitely need a skirt. C’mon go there!!!

  7. Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom January 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Haha! Loved the outtakes! You are soooo a runner, lol. When you give up cycling for running, you should give me your bikes 😉

  8. Christy @My Dirt Road Anthem January 17, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    This was great, awesome outtakes. Runners do drink Nuun 🙂


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