It was bound to happen. There were signs. And, yet, the fact that I am no longer really a new runner still crept up on me.
How do I know? Here are 10 signs:
1. You find yourself saying things like “I’m just going for a three-mile run. I’ll be right back.” to your family on a week night. It wasn’t that long ago when a mile felt insurmountable.
2. Your long run is in the double digits and involves fuel, a belt, water bottles and more than an hour (or two or three…).
3. You find yourself repeating advice given to you by experienced runners and newer runners nod as if you’ve imparted wisdom.
4. You have a pile of stinky, sweaty running gear and can still find a shirt for the week’s fourth scheduled run.
6. You’ve adjusted your long run to go out with someone who still sees a mile as insurmountable. And you had a great time.
7. You’ve bought or made a bib/medal holder.
8. You have a favorite brand of running gear/shoe and try to convince anyone who’ll listen that they should try it.
9. Your Facebook, Instagram and Facebook feeds are filled with running-related news and inspirational messages.
10. You’ve run an errand during your long run.
How and when did you know you were no longer a newbie runner?