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Hump Day Giveaway: Your Inner Beast?

September 22, 2010
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As much as entering a designer women’s boutique freaks me out—six items on a rack, nothing in the store above a size 4, including the waify, silent salesgirl—I do love unique things. I could browse etsy for hours. (Oh, wait I do.) My favorite (non-running) skirt is a wrap-around madras number, circa 1970 or so, that first belonged to my mom, then lived in our dress-up box for 20 years, and I saved from the giveaway pile 8 years ago. (I pretty much can’t breathe when I wear it, but no biggie right?) And I can’t bring myself to give away my beloved, really awful red jeans that I bought in Germany in 1993 because, well, they’re red jeans I bought in Germany in 1993—and who else has those?

Strong and beautiful: best combo ever.

So when I spotted an Oiselle tee at a race this spring, I did a double take. I love the fresh graphics, the simple colors, the fact it doesn’t look like a shirt every other runner is wearing. I had no idea how to pronounce the name, but I knew I had to remember the spelling so I could look it up. Fast forward a few months, and I’ve finally done my research. Oiselle, founded in 2003, by Sally Bergesen, a swift running mom who describes running like this:
“For me, the sport has always been about something more. At times, it’s been my religion, my therapy, my escape, my girl time. But perhaps simply enough, it’s been my sense of freedom.”

No wonder I was drawn to her designs.

So you pronounce Oiselle wa zell, which is a French word for bird that also alludes to weightlessness. A clunky German major, I have never described my running as weightless or bird-like, even if we’re including the flightless ostrich in the avian family. But on really good days, when the wind is at my back, my legs are willing and my mind is able, I have felt slightly antelope-esque for a short stretch. When that happens, I feel invincible. And, as Sally says, free.

Live. Run. Fly. What else is there?

At the risk of sounding like Barbara Walters, I’m wondering, what animal would you use you describe your running? Cast your net widely; it doesn’t have to have a speed characteristic (although a whole pack of cheetahs are welcome). Maybe it’s a nurturing animal, like a hound; or one that’s simply content with the same old routine, like the cuddly koala; or a predator, like a great white, which is my son Ben’s current fave animal.  (“How do they chew the seals, Mom?” he asked the other day. “Kind of like how you chew a chicken nugget,” was the best I could do on such short notice.)

Humor me with this slightly juvenile inquiry, and you might be one of three random winners who are rewarded with a very sophisticated prize: an Oiselle top from their new fall 2010 line. (Two are displayed here; I will e-mail winners a couple of choices.)

So where do you and your running land in the zoo?

p.s. Speaking of unique, a fun video of Oiselle’s running dress. Maybe it’s time Grant and I talk about renewing our vows?

201 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrea Lehman permalink
    September 22, 2010 3:37 am

    I think when I start running I feel like a sloth. Slow going, working my way slowly to the next level. Once I get started, perhaps a miniature pony. I am the short gal and not the fastest. I’ll never be the quarter horse or stallion, but I am still a horse, just a small version!

  2. Ali Banholzer permalink
    September 22, 2010 3:48 am

    Hmmm – my first reaction was an elephant – I am not small and when I get tired my feet kind of thud. But then I thought no – I may not be small but I am strong – and while elephants are strong they aren’t the animal I think of when I think of strength. So lets go with a Clydesdale – I will keep with Andrea’s horse analogy. I am on the taller, and bigger side, I am strong, when I am feeling good in my runs it is almost magical (for me not for anyone watching) and yet I can still plod along when it isn’t as good.

  3. Jessica permalink
    September 22, 2010 4:24 am

    The first thing that came to mind was a chubby lab or golden retriever. You how they just trod along and look like that are singing in their head “do de do, do de do”, but then the longer they plod a long the more their tongue hangs out! Not sure that my tongue hangs out but I probably look like a lab after too many ball chases by the time I get home, but all the while trying to keep that do de do while out there. And what I’d give for that doggie nap afterwards 🙂

  4. September 22, 2010 4:46 am

    It may be cliche, but I’m a turtle. Actually, I’ve always thought of myself as a turtle…can hide in my shell, rarely sticks her neck out, etc. So it’s fitting that my running is about as slow…but it also goes with the age-old fable where “Slow and steady wins the race.” I may never win any races, but the race of just getting out there and running is enough for me.

  5. Kara permalink
    September 22, 2010 4:58 am

    I feel like a bird, like a heron, – being free, feeling graceful, having the power to push myself harder, coasting the downdrafts.

  6. Jill permalink
    September 22, 2010 5:05 am

    A North American White Tail Deer… most definitely… just not one that gets caught in the headlights… I don’t run in the dark that would be our differences.. : )

  7. Katie permalink
    September 22, 2010 5:13 am

    A snipe.

  8. Kristin permalink
    September 22, 2010 5:33 am

    I copied copied a bible verse onto my race bib of my first 5K, and I think it applies here.

    “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights.” Psalm 18:32-33

    I really liked the anaolgy of the deer because they are swift and agile animals.

  9. Jill (Mama to 4) permalink
    September 22, 2010 5:50 am

    I am like my Australian Shepherd, Captain. He is a one eyed guy that we adopted from a shelter. He loves to run and walk. He is generally a big silent boy but when you put on your running clothes he starts whining, smiling, and prancing. He loves to run for the journey not the destination; me too.

  10. Kendra permalink
    September 22, 2010 5:58 am

    a turtle – slow but determined

  11. Jami permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:01 am

    Absolutely, I run like a goat. I trot along with no real compulsion for speed. But I’m easily distracted and curious so I can pulse ahead to check out something or someone interesting. Curiosity satisfied, I return to my clippity clop. Love the trails, and I’ll eat almost anything when I get back home!! ( I really need to prepare healthy foods before I head out the door!) BAAAAAAA.

  12. Susan permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:04 am

    When I go for a run I often feel like my running partner – my chocolate lab. He just goes wherever I take him and he’s happy to just trot along at whatever pace I go. He doesn’t have an especially pretty gait but it gets the job done. He’s usually dirty and a bit smelly when we get home but happily tired and thirsty. He always has that dog smile on his face – just happy to be out there.

  13. Martha permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:10 am

    A squirrel! I have a tendency to run here, there and everywhere on every run but my long run! If I was more coordinated I would probably resort to hopping, skipping and climbing trees because of my jubilation of being alone for a few minutes! It also describes my thought process until about mile 3 when I have worked through all lifes problems 🙂

  14. September 22, 2010 6:18 am

    Do they have chameleons in zoos? Is that even how you spell it? That would be me…totally blending in with my surroundings. Raining out? If there is no lightning, then it’s out the door and loving it. Marathons I’m mid-pack. Less than, I save some for a great finish. Not sure if that is the chameleon way but it’s me!! K, gotta run. Peace.

  15. September 22, 2010 6:41 am

    If I HAD to pick one (and I do, because I heart oiselle and can never justify the $$!), I’d pick a mountain goat. I’m trying out trail running and completely falling in love, as I sort of knew I would. Even on the roads, I run a lot of hills and I feel like I am jumping along the hills, not like a bird, but like an agile animal who’s exactly where she needs to be.

    • September 22, 2010 6:49 am

      Just wanted to comment that I was surfing around on the oiselle site and their prices are pretty good, and they do have a sale section. I saw them at a local running shop a while ago and it seemed like they were higher, so don’t want to misrepresent a great company (that seems to pay attention to “green” stuff too).

  16. Deborah permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:41 am

    When I am starting out I feel like a warthog galumphing along, as I work out my overnight stiffness and various aches and pains. Then I find my groove like a trotting horse: not fast, not too slow, just comfortably trotting along. If I try to sprint I feel like a gazelle, but a very slow gazelle. 🙂

  17. Amanda permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:46 am

    Die Kuh.

  18. Lynn permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:03 am

    Definitely a giraffe- I am tall (6’0″) with very long strides, reaching my neck out across the finish line, to look for traffic. I also jump and try to touch tree branches as I’m running under them!

  19. runnerchic permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:15 am

    Well, the first animal that popped into my head was roadrunner. I was often referred to as this while playing basketball in high school. Then, it stuck with me on the track. Years later I think it still applies to my running style as I tend to get after it from the start.

  20. Priscilla permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:16 am

    Raccoon – because mostly they waddle, but can speed up when they need to and they are generally out in the dark, just like me

  21. Rebecca permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:19 am

    When I have really hit my stride and I am focused on my run I feel like a fish moving swiftly through the water.
    Just checked out Oiselle, which happens to be the name of a friends dog, and love love love their stuff!! My favorite is that striped tank top in the video..super cute and different!

  22. September 22, 2010 7:32 am

    Tortoise would describe my speed but I like that you mentioned the koala. I run the same route when I run and I like it that way. I like knowing the curves and the landscape. I like knowing no dogs will be there waiting for me. I like knowing the cows will be waiting for me – watching me run. 😀

  23. renee permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:36 am

    Some days I feel like a bear – they kind of plod along, but get what they need to. Other times I imagine I am a gazelle – focused and quick. Though I’m not actually fast, I like to pretend sometimes.

  24. Katy permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:39 am

    I like to IMAGINE myself as a butterfly effortlessly gliding along, which is a lie, because it is all effort at this point. I have the stride of a penguin or maybe a duck! And when I saw my race pictures from my 10K all I saw was a hippo! LOL! Oh, how I want to be a gazelle….

  25. Jamie permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:44 am

    Eeyore. Does that count as an animal? I just keep plugging along, slowly, not getting excited about anything. A big scary dog will jump out at my friends and I while we are running and I will just keep plugging away.

  26. Emily permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:45 am

    I am my corgi when I run. I am happy to be going but I have such a short stride that you can easily pass me.
    I will chase those that are close and I am steady and strong.

  27. Lisa permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:52 am

    I land smack in my horoscope sign: Capricorn.
    I am slow, ungainly, certainly not attractive when I run. I am, however, in running and life the tenacious goat. No matter what, I will keep going forward. It may not be pretty or fast, but nobody will cause me to falter off my mountain. No matter how long it takes, if I have a goal, I achieve it (look out marathon!)

  28. Julia permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:55 am

    Maybe this is an odd animal to compare my running to, but I feel like I run like a Clydesdale Horse. They’re strong and persistent and get the job done. I may not be the fastest runner out there, but I get out and do it and push through.

  29. Michelle permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:56 am

    I love to think of myself like a bird, but I’m sure I look more like a duck!

  30. September 22, 2010 7:59 am

    I think I run like my old dog, Jackie – a dachshund. She would run for a bit, stop and look back at me like “why are you torturing me?” then you could see her lightbulb go off and she would be all “hey, this is fun!” and start running again. Totally me.

  31. September 22, 2010 8:07 am

    I’m going with Emu. I’m not a pretty runner, I’m a bit bigger around the middle than I’d like even though I have pretty long legs, but when I’m out there I feel strong and powerful. I’ll never fly, but I’ll get to the finish just the same.

  32. Kendra permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:07 am

    I tend to think of myself as an owl. I’m always figuring out problems from schedules to class assignments to what I need to do for work the next day. I tend to run with a serious expression on my face because I’m so lost in thought. Since owls are supposed to be wise, that’s the closest I could get!

  33. Alison permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:15 am

    A horse-strong and slow (I think someone else mentioned plodding).

  34. Amber Izzo permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:16 am

    I think that I am most like a caribou when running. I don’t neccesarily have the speed, but I can endure for long distances just like they do in their insanely long migrations. Ok, maybe I don’t run insanely long distances, but I do run steadily and am happiest in my herd:)

  35. Carolyn permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:17 am

    I think my animal might be a working horse at a ranch. Some of my runs are more work than fun…plodding along, carrying my heavy load, feeling discomfort and not enjoying much of it at all. But then some of my runs feel like freedom runs…like the ranch hand opened the gate (my front door) and let me loose and I am loping along, wind blowing through my hair, kicking up dirt, singing along to my tunes, feeling like I could go all day and loving it. The pain doesn’t register on these runs because it feels like progress and power!

  36. September 22, 2010 8:21 am

    I would have to say a puppy…. I get really excited about the thought of a run. I want to run as fast as I can and I think it’s all great….just a few minutes into it, I’d rather go lay in the shade and take a break panting from all my hard work. But if you make me go back to the house, I’m going to cry the whole time begging to go back out again. I’m fully in whatever moment is RIGHT NOW. That’s good when it’s a good moment, but really bad when I’m tired, or sore, or distracted!! 😀

  37. otherjulie permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:24 am

    I just saw a PT about my plantar fasciitis and he said I have 0% flexibility in part of my ankle (should b 20-12%) and only 10% in my hip rotation (shoudl be 30%). So, basically, my feet are absorbing all the impact…hence, the plantar fasciitis issues.

    So, right now I feel like an elephant running…not too graceful…thump…thump…

  38. katie permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:27 am

    I think I am most like my Golden Retreiver. Not necessarily concerned with where I am going, just happy to be out running with a friend, and going where ever my feet take me.

  39. Karen G. permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:37 am

    In my dreams, I am a gazelle. In reality, I am a baby turtle making a life or death trek to the sea…..without the life or death part. I’ve always loved those little turtles!

  40. Ruthie permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:39 am

    The other day I ended my run with a sprint and I had instant memories of running as my 12-year-old self. It was pretty damn cool. So what animal would I have suggested when I was 12? A sandhill crane running for take-off. Gangley, awkward and determined.

  41. Nicole permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:39 am

    I run like a penguin ::sigh::

  42. Sarah permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:53 am

    i kind of shuffle along and take short strides. What kind of animal does that? i’ll just say armadillo.

  43. September 22, 2010 8:55 am

    A really out of shape Rottweiler, who’s motivation to run is a cookie.

  44. Patty T permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:56 am

    I would say I feel like an elephant, very slow, but I can push out a few bursts of speed when I need to.

  45. Lori permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:59 am

    A cat…because I love to sleep, I’m easy going, but I can be fast when I want to be!

  46. September 22, 2010 9:01 am

    I would describe myself as a puppy. Energetic at the beginning, but realizing quickly I’d rather be chewing on something. By that point, I’m already miles from home, so I hurry back!

  47. September 22, 2010 9:08 am

    An owl…because I’m always looking around, I try to fly/run silently, I try to sneak up on the people in front of me (and pass them!), and I’d rather run at night when it’s cool.

  48. September 22, 2010 9:09 am

    My first run after a race or, really, any not so great run makes me feel like an elephant clomping down the road. However, on the other days, as I run down our country roads, I feel like a gazelle… and not one that’s being chased either 🙂 Just one happily and peacefully bounding along.

  49. Trish permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:18 am

    Meercat! I have had more than one person compare me to them, nurturing, family orientated, but ready to run at a moments notice. Also, not built to run long distances, although I am working on that. I also get compared to a Jack Russel Terrier! How about it ladies, does my first post on this site get me a free t? 🙂

  50. Julie Fredericks permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:27 am

    Most days I feel like one of my dogs that used to accompany me. Just happy to be out and moving – and I should specify, I have a chocolate lab – just a big goofy dog.

  51. September 22, 2010 9:31 am

    My first thought was deer or gazelle, not because I’m fast or anything, but I have long legs and the connection to my breath and my body I experience while running makes me feel graceful (most of the time!). What a fun question. And awesome giveaway – thanks!!

  52. September 22, 2010 9:32 am

    The animal I look like or the one I feel like? Because I’m pretty sure there’s a difference! When I run, I feel like a big cat like a panther or jaguar. I feel the strong muscles in my haunches (do we have haunches?) and legs, eyes narrowed and focused, arms doing their part to move with the rhythm. I am sure-footed and nimble. I feel fast and slightly mean. I am aloof because I’m all up in my head.

    Now. What I look like when I run. God. Probably something like a rhino. I come down hard on my feet, wheeze, and sway from time to time.

    So maybe I’m a combo animal like Napoleon Dynamite’s “Liger.” I’m a Jagrhino.

  53. Lee permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:34 am

    I just did a search for average animal speeds. At the top were cheetas at 70mph, at the bottom were snails at .03mph. Right in the middle were jackals, mule deers and reindeer. Since I usually end up right in the middle of the pack when I cross the finish line, I think I’d have to be one of them.

    • September 22, 2010 12:44 pm

      i thought this said “jackass” instead of “jackals” and i thought, oh my, someone’s already taken my answer.
      LOL!

  54. karen permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:44 am

    When I first start off I dont even qualify as a zoo animal-more like the geriatric old man with a walker attempting so shuffle to an exibit.But with each mile I morph-akin to the Micheal Jackson “Black or White” video. I shuffle, I plod, I trudge but then there are brief intervals of true speed where I think I look strong-muscles tight, steel determination. At those times I see a cheetah or jag or even a housecat with their eyes on their prey. Almost as soon as I start feeling kick arce though I either trip, my knees start to hurt or my ipod shuffles to a lame song I forgot to delete. Immediatly I am back to the well intentioned trudge which more resembles a burly bear on the sauce.

  55. Stephanie permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:45 am

    mountain goat 🙂

  56. Jennifer H permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:47 am

    Whew, this is a hard one! It SOOO depends on the day. Many days I am barely making it, clomping along, out of breath, like an old and overweight golden retreivier (but I love them!) and others I feel like a brand new puppy with lots of energy and so excited just to be out having an adventure. So overall, I would say a dog, but the type is dependent on the day of the week (and whether or not I have my running partner with me)!

  57. Carrie permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:49 am

    The first thing that came to mind was a laughing hyena b/c by the time I can escape wild kids and go run, I have lost all sanity and am running down the street laughing.

  58. realrellim permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:51 am

    When I’m running well, I feel like a horse, running smoothly and gracefully. I’m sure I don’t look like it though.

  59. Tracy permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:52 am

    Depends on the day – but I usually say a turtle (compared to my husband). Slow and steady wins the race, right? 🙂

  60. September 22, 2010 9:54 am

    I am a mountain goat. Not pretty to look at, not too fast, but I get there…. Baaaarely.

  61. JamiAnn permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:59 am

    I closed my eyes and see that I run like a mouse. As a new runner, I am out of my comfort zone as a mouse in my laundry room is (or at least should be). I scurry, I pause to see what’s chasing me. I focus on my goal – all along afraid someone might be watching to see that my form isn’t right (like an old gym teacher ready to pounce) but I scurry anyway sometimes faster – sometimes slower – and never in a straight line.

  62. Sue permalink
    September 22, 2010 10:01 am

    When I run during soccer I am definitely a Hippo – they are large but fast when they need to be. When I am running on the road I would say I am an elephant – totally awkward but getting it done!

  63. September 22, 2010 10:03 am

    Definitely a kangaroo. The jogging stroller is my pouch and when the kids (or joeys as it were) stick their heads out, I just push them back down and hop along.

  64. September 22, 2010 10:10 am

    I have always said I run as fast as a Mall Walker. I think they could be zoo animals right? People are always starring at them through the store windows! lol 🙂 And I love the idea of the wedding dress! I would wear that dress in a different color and be a bridesmaid! 🙂 It looks so cute! 🙂

  65. maysette permalink
    September 22, 2010 10:11 am

    I run like a fox, trying to raise money to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease! When I am in a rut, I repeat “run like a fox” 10 times, and it gets me out of the rut.

  66. September 22, 2010 10:18 am

    Ok, I had to cheat a bit and look up a list of animals, because nothing was really coming to me. Now, I decided that I am an impala…and not because I am that fast. Here is what caught my attention about impalas: Imapalas can adapt to different environments. (I think I am pretty good at that on a number of levels.) And “when frightened or startled, the whole herd starts leaping about to confuse their predator.” Can you picture a bunch of impala-like frightened running mamas? I just made myself laugh. Thanks for the day brightener!

  67. September 22, 2010 10:23 am

    Another elephant here. Kind of drunkenly stumbling along. I’m not a big person, but I’m extremely NOT graceful. And if I think I walk like a guy, then I definitely run like a drunk elephant. In high heels.

  68. Becky permalink
    September 22, 2010 10:24 am

    A horse that is just trotting along and might break out into a gallop once in a small while.

  69. Joanne Godfrey permalink
    September 22, 2010 10:40 am

    uhm…a mythical animal…animals ‘run’ for very few reasons – to hunt, with their group, to escape ‘danger’ or if they are prey…

    i run for as many reasons as there are miles, muscles, emotions, feelings, thoughts, places, times and desires…my runs are for what i want them to be – stress busters, strength, fun, happiness, sunshine outside, personal goals, a sense of triumph, simply joy, escape – the list goes on…

  70. sdm permalink
    September 22, 2010 10:57 am

    I don’t know what kind of animal I run like, but I know I am a big CRAB when I am not running!

  71. Tara permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:00 am

    I have to woefully admit that I am like a monkey. My gait is not pretty and I easily get distracted. When a HOT song plays on my playlist, you may see me add a pop of the booty, a dip of the shoulder and a wave of the hand….totally loosing running form.

    • Carla permalink
      September 22, 2010 7:58 pm

      When Flo Rida gives that “big booty a slap” — roughly mile 4 in my playlist — I smack the front of my thigh! I also have a compulsion to do “jazz hands” to “Single Ladies”! Not much form — but fun!

  72. Laurie permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:02 am

    Since most of my running (except for the long run) is either on a track or the treadmill, I will go with a hamster. Just wish I was as fast as the hamster.

  73. staci permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:07 am

    I’d say a giraffe.
    1 – because they’re my favorite
    2- because, while I am long and not quite as lean as I used to be, I am not quite as fast as a cheetah, but not nearly as slow as a hippo.

  74. alanna permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:09 am

    I have to say I’m a catepillar. I start of slow and trudge my way through, but never losewite of my dreams of one day morphing into a graceful butterfly.

  75. Celeste permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:13 am

    I feel like a horse–but not a thoroughbred or anything…just one of those constant, determined workhorses pulling a cart. I’m not fast or sleek, but I get the job done!

  76. Terzah permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:14 am

    True story: while on a trail run a few weeks ago, I heard a rustling noise in the woods to my right. Out popped a red fox, carrying an unfortunate black squirrel in her mouth. She started trotting along on the trail behind me, and stayed there for nearly a full mile (I tracked her on my Garmin). Her presence thrilled me, but made me a little nervous too (I mean, she had a dead animal in her jaws). Since then, I’ve adopted her as my totem. So, to answer your question, I am a fox! I am shy. I don’t have the sharpest teeth, the rippliest muscles or the most glamour. I tend to hunt (run) alone, and I don’t catch big game (great times, age group wins etc.). But I’m persistent, enjoy trail runs and every now and then I capture a squirrel (a PR).

  77. courtney permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:27 am

    At the beginning of a run I usually feel like an elephant(I live in the mountains at 9000 feet), the middle of a run I feel like a bird and am totally enjoying my time alone (away from my three kids)and then by the end, I’m back to feeling like an elephant!

  78. Stacy permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:30 am

    I am like a chicken. Not very graceful or fast, but I keep moving, enjoy the views and make it to my destination 🙂

  79. Anne permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:32 am

    An inchworm – was what first came to mind. Slow but determined.

    Or a giraffe – long stride but I’m not as tall as I think I am.

  80. Joanmarie permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:34 am

    Well, if I were an animal, I think I’d be a cat, but not the domestic sort. I think those who know me would agree. I think I’d be an Oncilla which is a small South American wild cat. I’m not a very big person, but I am agile, maybe even cat like. Fun exercise, don’t mind humoring you!

  81. September 22, 2010 11:36 am

    Honestly, when I run I feel like a human animal… 🙂 Like my body is doing what it was made to do.

  82. Alison permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:39 am

    I have no clue what I look like out there & I’m certainly no speedster, but I like to think of myself as an antelope. One of my fave motivating songs is “Run Like an Antelope” by Phish, which features the lyrics “Set the gear shift for the high gear of your soul, you gotta run like an antelope out of control!” It always puts a goofy grin on my face and a bounce in my step.

  83. Alycia permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:48 am

    It depends. Most often though, I find myself singing, “the old grey mare just ain’t what she used to be, ain’t what she used to be, ain’t what she used to be.” I am the grey mare, plodding through the miles, enjoying most every one, despite the grey hairs and mom bod. I may not be what I used to be, but I am still rockin’ mare!

  84. Jodie Manthei permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:59 am

    I would have to say that I start out feeling, or looking like, a duck. I kind of waddle my way through that first “ouch, ouch, ouch” 1/2 mile or so. But once I hit my stride, I feel a little more graceful like a swan. I certainly am not fast, but when I hit my stride, I feel like I’m gliding over water, nice and smooth. By the end of the run, though, I’m sometimes back to waddling. 🙂

  85. September 22, 2010 12:00 pm

    Maybe it is because I just saw your fb question re: men entering women’s events….so I would say a fish.

    A [running] woman without a [running] man is like a fish without a bicycle.

    I run because it makes sense to me. I could care less if makes sense to anyone else. 🙂

  86. September 22, 2010 12:07 pm

    Although I do think of a tortoise most of the time when I look at my pace, I think I have the spirit of an ox in me. My mantra is ‘endeavor to persevere’. I may not be fast by any stretch of the imagination but I will put my head down and just keep on going. I did a half marathon at 2:50 this summer and have another one in a few weeks plus one in January. Slow, steady, constant, determined. An ox.

  87. Kali permalink
    September 22, 2010 12:29 pm

    I feel like my mom’s Springer Spaniel. He’s 13 years old and partly def. I’m not that old, but I do run a slow pace, not caring where I’m going, and sometimes on a whim decide to run longer than planned. That dog can play out in the field for hours and not have a care in the world. I also feel partly def, especially when I have my iPod blaring.

  88. Nancy permalink
    September 22, 2010 12:35 pm

    My first thought is a cat -love to lay in a sunny spot and nap. But wait this is about running, well cats can run when they want to. That is me most days too. I’ll stick with a cat!

  89. September 22, 2010 12:40 pm

    I feel more human than ever when I run and humans are the top of the food chain. I feel fast and like I could go on forever! Someday I would love to participate in the Man vs Horse race. We are born to run and even though we are not the fastest we are the smartest animal!

  90. Katie permalink
    September 22, 2010 12:42 pm

    I’m going to say my black lab, Lily. Start out staring at the ground (of course, she finds the ground interesting~ I just don’t want to think about how far I still have to go) but after a little bit the head picks up and I start to notice the butterflies and the shapes of the clouds and Pikes Peak…..you get the idea. Suddenly my feet feel a little lighter and the breathing gets easier.

  91. September 22, 2010 12:46 pm

    half the time i feel like a walrus. the other half i feel like a penguin. then i get home, and i feel like a fish….because no matter what, i just. kept. swimming!

  92. September 22, 2010 12:55 pm

    A sandcrab (I know, not technically an animal). My friends always joke that I weave and dart through the course to avoid people.

  93. September 22, 2010 1:26 pm

    A race horse! I grew up working with race horses and they LOVE to run, like me. 🙂 It is their fun and their exercise and they get all tense if they don’t get a good run in each day.
    I am not near as fast as a race horse, but I am strong and determined, and like to have a fast (for me!) finish.
    And, I have long, straight hair that is always blowing in the breeze behind me.

  94. Denise permalink
    September 22, 2010 1:28 pm

    I always feel like a penguin starting out because I’m so stiff legged, then I warm up a bit to a sloth, and then, if I’m having a good day, I’m probably like a…….well, I really don’t know – I’ll have to give it some thought when I’m running Friday at 4:00 a.m.

  95. HeatherKamin permalink
    September 22, 2010 1:30 pm

    I would have to say a turtle….slow…but can finish the run! Thanks for the giveaway!

  96. Melissa permalink
    September 22, 2010 1:32 pm

    My first thought was Elk. But then I had the oh my gosh embarrassment an Elk really. After a minute or two, I realized it wasn’t such a crazy answer. I feel a sense of determination when I run, that reminds me of watching Elk across the country side.

    I’m a new reader of the site, thank you so much for a wonderful place.

  97. Stephanie permalink
    September 22, 2010 1:36 pm

    A baby giraffe. I’m still kind of gawky and awkward when I run 😀

  98. September 22, 2010 1:41 pm

    Hmmm…I would say I would end up at the monkeys. I’m always an array of emotions on my runs (especially my long runs). Sometimes they are sprawled out just chillin and other times they are jumping from tree to tree. That is how I am when a GREAT song comes on. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Love reading with you guys!

  99. Aimee permalink
    September 22, 2010 1:42 pm

    I know others have said this but truly I am a turtle. I have a box turtle named Tommy that I have had for over 34 years, since I was 4, and I can say I am like Tommy. My kids even cheer, “Go Tommy go!” since I am always in the back of the pack. But just like Tommy, I persevere and finish the race.

  100. jennifer Rahn permalink
    September 22, 2010 1:48 pm

    I always get called a gazelle because I run on my toes. Not so much when I’m pregnant, though…

  101. Ali Hernandez permalink
    September 22, 2010 1:48 pm

    The tortoise… “slow and steady wins the race.” In my case, winning is finishing!

    • Annette M permalink
      September 22, 2010 1:51 pm

      great minds, Ali! agreed- winning is finishing!

  102. Annette M permalink
    September 22, 2010 1:51 pm

    usually about 3/4 into my run, i am sure i’m the tortoise. b/c all i can think is slow and steady and finish.

  103. Julie permalink
    September 22, 2010 2:01 pm

    I laughed out loud with some of these answers. Initially I thought since many were slightly “negative/slow” that it added to how often we women see ourselves in poor light. But then as you keep reading the posts, they are all just real women being really honest with themselves. Rock on moms!

    When I used to cross country ski in college, I was described as a butterfly as I had a pretty graceful stride. I rarely ran back then. Now, however, with more weight around the hips I feel more like a Clydesdale and pictures from races often show that both feet are on the ground. In my mind, though Clydesdale’s are big and strong and go on forever. That’s what I hope to do.

  104. September 22, 2010 2:06 pm

    I have enjoyed reading everyone’s comments. As for myself, I would say a Bobcat. I am not fast, and not great at long distances, but I think I run a little like cat. I try to stay light on my feet, and I naturally run on my midfoot/forefoot. Or like a giraffe because I’m tall and stretch my neck even taller when I start getting tired. Random, and I couldn’t tell you why. Probably from dance training.

  105. September 22, 2010 2:08 pm

    I think I would have to go with a mini horse. I’m short, I feel like when I run, my legs look stumpy, and I have a shorter stride. I have trouble keeping up with the average-to-tall runner and their go-on-forever long legs, and of course, I’m slow.

  106. September 22, 2010 2:09 pm

    Well, as much as I’d like to be all about the CHEETAH or GAZELLE, I instead had to focus my thoughts more along the lines of, “If Barney Rubble was an animal… what kind would he be?”

    I think I’m a MUTT. Yea, sad, but true. I am a German Shepherd crossed with a Basset Hound. I’m the one in the group who plans the route, pre-runs the route to make sure it’s safe enough and makes sure we all stay together, in a pack, and did I mention, is everyone safe? But I have short legs (in proportion to my extra long torso)… and I have to sort of trot to keep up with my pack. So. Yeah.

  107. Jill S. permalink
    September 22, 2010 2:32 pm

    Definitely a tortoise…slow and steady…not that I’ll be winning any races.

  108. ami permalink
    September 22, 2010 2:54 pm

    I feel like a giselle sometimes when I run. Light and free and fast (sometimes). I know I don’t look like one. I’m also trying to think of another animal that has more of a rhythmic pace because i do feel so rhythmic when I’m running–I feel like I’m dancing.

  109. Rhonda permalink
    September 22, 2010 2:56 pm

    Despite the fact that I’m really small (4’10” and 11o lbs) I feel most like a bear when I run. I feel like I’m plodding along, although I know I can, and I do, kick it into high gear. Somedays I tell myself I’m a tortoise (slow and steady). What’s a short animal that aspires to be a gazelle?

  110. Carolyn permalink
    September 22, 2010 3:00 pm

    I have to say a kangaroo, because they always keep their young in their pouch and I almost ALWAYS have my two boys in my “pouch” (jogging stroller) while running. It is rare that I ever get a solo run but I love it!

  111. Mary permalink
    September 22, 2010 3:01 pm

    Hmm, on my best days I’m an eagle. On my worst, a python that’s eaten a heavy meal it’s still digesting!

    Love the wedding dress!

  112. Kat permalink
    September 22, 2010 3:25 pm

    I prefer to run with others (in a pack), and I talk non-stop in a loud voice, so I must be a hyena.

  113. September 22, 2010 3:29 pm

    I googled animal with endurance…result? Kangaroo. Did you know that a kangaroo can hold a steady pace for 20 miles?

    It’s fitting for now. I’m feeling strong after finishing my first 10 miler this week and finishing my first 5K race. Kangaroos aren’t the slimmest animal out there, and let’s face it…that mama pouch? I’ve got it. But, empowering to know, they can make it for a long haul. Maybe not the fastest, but they will get to the destination, with junk in the trunk.

    • September 22, 2010 6:26 pm

      Did not know that, Eryn: learned something new today. Thanks!

  114. Kathy permalink
    September 22, 2010 3:36 pm

    Being from Texas I’ll say an armadillo. They look really awkward but get where they’re going! Also like an armadillo I try not to be roadkill 🙂

  115. September 22, 2010 3:40 pm

    I think I am more suited to a turtle, slow and steady, and I always (in club runs anyhow) get 1st for last place. Now all I need to do is convince the hares to stop and have a rest now and then so I can overtake them, either that or evolve into a different animal

  116. September 22, 2010 3:46 pm

    I’d like to think I’m most like Mac, our Golden Doodle, who at first has an awkward stride, trying to figure out the pace, but then gets lost in thought (if dogs do that) and happily goes about his run, but not too fast. If I had a tail I’d be wagging it while I’m out, just like Mac. And don’t ask me to run inside, please (no treadmill).

  117. Jenny permalink
    September 22, 2010 4:01 pm

    I run like a kangaroo. I tend to bounce. Not even my cross country and track coaches many moons ago could get that bounce to stop.

  118. September 22, 2010 4:14 pm

    Well, since we adopted one a few weeks ago, I can state with confidence that I run like a standard poodle puppy: with joy and enthusiasm, but I frequently trip over my own feet and/or run into something. And when I get tired, I can stop on a dime!

  119. molly permalink
    September 22, 2010 4:40 pm

    Ostrich – but not as fast (in my dreams)

  120. September 22, 2010 4:51 pm

    I know you mentioned this in the post, but what comes to mind in an antelope. I see them frequently at quite close range on my morning runs (I live in Wyoming!) and they are so gangly and awkward looking standing still. Kind of like how I see myself. But when they run, a certain grace takes over and they seem beautiful. Kind of like how running can sometimes make me feel.

  121. September 22, 2010 4:55 pm

    I know you mentioned this in the post, but what comes to mind is an antelope. I see them frequently at quite close range on my morning runs (I live in Wyoming!) and they are so gangly and awkward looking standing still. Kind of like how I see myself. But when they run, a certain grace takes over and they seem beautiful. Kind of like how running can sometimes make me feel.

  122. September 22, 2010 5:13 pm

    Lately I feel like an elephant. Tendonitis in my knee finds me clunking around since I’m not getting out as I once did. Before that I would say a turtle…not very original…but I can go far…just not very fast. 🙂

  123. jessica permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:00 pm

    I think it would be a frog. A bit unsteady, slightly wavering at times, may not be the prettiest, but get the job done kind of running. Excited and full of energy and I love to wear green.

  124. Alicia permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:14 pm

    I’m gonna say a kitty, because ever once in awhile I can turn it up while on the other hand I like to frolic at my own pace

  125. Beth permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:22 pm

    Feel like a giraffe…imagine myself a much more graceful…a unicorn on a misty lakeshore…but honestly probably a giraffe. All leg and neck pumping.

  126. KathyinMN permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:26 pm

    Middle name is Ellen and I definitely run like an elephant. My shoes prove it-I will wear out my tread where my heel hits (And I try hard to mid-foot strike!).

  127. Cheryl M permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:27 pm

    An Alligator – mostly prone to laying around, followed by some thrashing around in an effort to move quickly, followed by more laziness… well as much as my sone will let me be lazy!

  128. September 22, 2010 6:27 pm

    well my running peeps call me a gazelle for some crazy reason! 🙂

  129. September 22, 2010 6:30 pm

    I am not as fast as one, but maybe a horse. I have always loved horses…and I have long legs…I dunno…maybe an un-coordinated animal…because I am pretty klutzy too, but I can’t think of an animal like that…LOL

  130. Christina permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:31 pm

    wow, this is a really hard one. Like really HARD, when you have an essay question on an English test and have to sit there for five minutes figuring out what on earth you’re going to answer. A lot of the time my running starts out feeing really clunky, clumsy, and heavy…maybe like a Great Dane or something (whose motivation to run involves flopping down on the couch and eating cookies afterwards). But sometimes when I get into it I feel semi-graceful. Not quite like a gazelle (ha – in my dreams) but maybe a giraffe or a horse, one that’s more on the awkward side of the horse spectrum?

  131. Deirdre permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:31 pm

    A blue heron-gracefully and awkward all at the same time.

  132. Heather permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:38 pm

    Turtle…definitely…it’s even our running subgroup’s nickname!

  133. September 22, 2010 6:38 pm

    Maybe it’s because I’ve always run with my dog, but I think we have a bit of a kindred spirit out there. We both bound along, huffing & puffing at the end, a little clumsy, a little goofy, but having a great time just being out there. 🙂

  134. Erin permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:39 pm

    A penguin. Waddles on land, much better in water.

    (hee, hee) Although consistent running and swimming gives me “happy feet” and disposition:)

  135. Melanie permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:42 pm

    So many good answers! I initially thought “sloth” because I know more often that not, before I head out to run, I am thinking that I’d rather just lay down on the couch and read a book… what a wonderful thing to do with an hour (or more!) of free time and what RLAMer ever gets to do that???!! Then once I get out there I feel more like a greyhound, not for the speed, but for the idea of running in a circle trying to catch something that just seems to be out of my reach, kind of like my PR goals sometimes.

  136. Jennifer permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:43 pm

    I think of myself as Thumper and my running partner as Bambi. She is graceful like a deer and I am the rabbit often just keeping up, stomping my feet, and easily distracted. If our conversation gets too funny I may just have to hop off of the sidewalk for a bent over belly laugh. Thanks for the motivation gals!

  137. Maria Young permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:49 pm

    I run like a badger; may not be slow, be I’m tenacious!

    • Maria Young permalink
      September 22, 2010 6:51 pm

      Doh! what I meant to say is: I may not be fast, but I’m tenacious. Clearly it has been a brain-numbing day.

  138. Tara permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:50 pm

    I wanted to think of the spirit of my running, and I tried to think of an animal that encompassed it. I’ve decided I’m a sea lion. Sea lions sort of surrender themselves to their movements and seem to very at ease and peaceful about it, even when they’re flopping about on land. I am sometimes flopping about but maintain my serenity throughout (for the most part).

  139. Bridget permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:51 pm

    WoW!–Great Question! I know it’s been said (0 pts for creativity!), but I absolutely run like a DOG! If running solo, I enjoy whatever route my little legs meander towards and just enjoy the sights, sounds and smells ’til I’m ready to come home–1 mile or 20–when I’m calling my shots, life is good–It’s this freedom that created my love of running in the first place.
    On weekends, I also have an awesome little running group–my pack–who keep me in line and on track. The 7 of us are completely diverse (ages, genders and capabilities), but we are our own gang–great friends who have been exploring and conquering (we began with halfs and moved up to fulls & 50ks!) with the loyalty of man’s best friend. With them, I feel confident, content and more importantly–capable of anything.
    & the cursory play on words–as far as sanity goes–running takes the B__ch out of me when I’m grumpy and revives me when I’m plain dogged.

  140. Janice S permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:55 pm

    Sarah said exactly what I feel! I take short strides and sort of shuffle along—so armadillo it is! 🙂

  141. Caitlin permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:57 pm

    I am having a hard time thinking of the exact appropriate animal. I need something with endurance and some speed, steady yet not the most graceful. I feel like saying, “kangaroo,” but I’m not so bouncy. But I will stick with it anyway: a kangaroo.

  142. Amy permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:59 pm

    Definitely a giraffe. It’s not just that I am tall (because I am) but I relate to their almost gangly run and love to jump up and grab stuff from trees. lol

  143. September 22, 2010 7:06 pm

    Well- I just don’t know what animal I am. I am 5 foot nuthin, 180 sumpthin’ and slow as…well…you know. What I DO know is that when I started running last fall, it was very easy to get going…feeling pretty good about myself being out there, trying to improve health and actually making an effort UNTIL, and it inevitably would happen…UNTIL the perfect 20 somthin’ yr old, 110 lb gazelle came running past with the wind flowing through her perfect ponytail, in her perfectly cute running shorts like she was out for a run just ’cause she felt like having a little breeze in her face while waiting for her nails to dry. She would run effortlessly, hardly even out of breath, no IPOD necessary to keep her going, no sweat band around her head, no sweat pools under her perfectly perky boobs. There I am in my completely drenched oversized cotton sweatpants (yes, now I see the error of my ways) soiled hat with hair falling out of the edges, fighting the wind, about to keel over. So if she’s the gazelle, what animal did I feel like? Cow, elephant, rhino., or maybe something green with envy like Kermit the frog..take your pick. BUT you know what? Me, the green rhino…I was out there. I was out there, and I kept getting out there. I am slow, I will probably never win a race, but I DID finish my first half marathon in April after training through some cold ass winter nights (at 13 weeks pregnant no less), and I’m counting the days till I can put my shoes back on and get out there again. (waiting for my Oct 8th due date now 🙂 )
    Bring it on gazelle, but watch out sweets, cause Green-Mama-Rhino’s on your tail.

  144. Lynette permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:11 pm

    Penguin is what comes to mind when I think about the beginning of my run…plodding along on land, flippers slapping the ground. That’s me as I start my run…slowly getting my breathing and legs in rythm…And then as the penguins enter the water, they become steady and smooth, picking up speed as they go along, until they step back onto solid ground and are plodding along one flipper at a time until they rest. For me, there is a beginning, middle, and end to my runs. At the end, sometimes a loud noise (which I imagine penguins do as well),to say, “Well done!”

  145. September 22, 2010 7:12 pm

    This is really, really hard! I love the answers everyone came up with. After some thought I’m going with lion — not for the speed or grace of the animal but for it’s heart. I’m not the fastest or most graceful by any stretch but I do put my whole heart into my running!

  146. September 22, 2010 7:22 pm

    A puppy chasing its tail – completely unaware of my surroundings, in my own zone, and loving it.

  147. Christy permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:24 pm

    I think tiger, because when I am having a great run I feel so strong and smooth….also because the tiger runs for a purpose, I do too…I struggle to just go do a nice easy run, they always seem to turn into a “workout” (meaning I have to push myself, even if for no reason!). Maybe I should start envisioning a more relaxed animal???

  148. Csaf permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:24 pm

    This is a seriously tough question!

    Lots of animals come to mind, but mostly I think I’m a cross between a racoon (lumbering along but can skitter quite fast when necessary) and a giraffe (I’m 5’11”) and sometimes I feel like my legs are a little too long and gangly — especially when I try to pick up the pace. Long gams weren’t necessarily made for the sprint!

  149. September 22, 2010 7:28 pm

    I run with my dog a lot and I love that she is always ready to go, always runs with ease, never trips over her own feet and doesn’t need gels on a long run. With her as my inspiration, I’d like to aspire to be a wolf: smooth running, tough, able to handle any elements and resilient. Not sure I am quite there, but it’s something to aspire to!

  150. Christina E. permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:34 pm

    Last week I had my first run in the rain. It was exhilarating and in that moment I was completely happy. I came across a little black chihuahua who was prancing around in the rain too. He looked as happy as I was! In the runs since that day I think of him and try to recapture his (and my) enthusiasm. So I’m a happy little chihuahua!

  151. Janey permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:52 pm

    A black widow spider. I’m all legs. Oh, and I’m the nicest person you know… that is till you get me on the trails. I’m oddly competitive and will devour anyone in my sights… or at least try too.

    P.S. I ♥ Etsy too!

  152. Sarah permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:54 pm

    I have to go with a 13 year old yellow lab. We had one of these until recently, and I watched him laboriously make his way from the living room floor (with a huge grunt as he lifted himself up) and then out the front door (after much coaxing) for his daily walk. The vet said he needed exercise to stay healthy, so we often took him for small walks around the neighborhood. Very, very, slow walks. He panted and sometimes heaved as we went along, but gamely made it out the door and got his daily exercise. That pretty much sums up my running. A little grunting to get off the couch, a little coaxing by my husband, and then a little exercise whether I really wanted it or not. 🙂

  153. Carla permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:06 pm

    I’m like a hamster — low to the ground and squooshy and round in the middle no matter how hard I run . And I just go round and round on that wheel — the variations on my neighborhood loop allow me to rack up anything from 4 miles to 10 miles without much thought (or variety).

    (I’d also stay up all night if my kids didn’t like mornings so much!!!)

  154. September 22, 2010 8:21 pm

    Am I allowed to be an insect? I think I run most like an ant. I may not be the fastest, but I work hard at it and keep on trudging along day in and day out.

  155. Shana permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:28 pm

    hmmm, hard question. What’s strong and and proud and sorta graceful and healthy and competitive and, most important, happy? A strong happy animal?? I’m gonna say peacock.

  156. StephM permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:33 pm

    A little on the elephantish side – being a beginning runner who could stand to lose a few pounds. I shuffle more than I have an elegant stride – but I’m o.k. with that for now. But, I am dreaming big dreams and I’ll soar like an eagle one day!

  157. Jennifer Burke permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:37 pm

    In the words of my mother, I most closely resemble a “gazellephant.” This of course is the unfortunate result (I guess) of a romantic union between a gazelle and an elephant. It wants so much to be graceful like the gazelle but simply cannot get there due to its imposing size and strength.

    It is of course very beautiful in its own unique way, not the fastest, lot the lightest on its feet, but happy to trumpet about its mileage to anyone who might listen.

    In defense of my mom who loves me more than most people, she referred to herself as a gazellephant and I stole it!

  158. Miriam permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:40 pm

    Big stubborn mule!! My running peeps always tell me that I would finish a run if it meant crawling the last portion of the race. Pain schmain!

  159. Kari Butler permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:46 pm

    Turtle. Slow to start, but I find my rthym and just plod along til the run is over. But when I finish my run, I feel like a lion, king of the world and I can conquer anything!!

  160. Chris permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:53 pm

    I felt like a fun puppy dog once early on in my running venture – I literally felt the joy of running from childhood. I recall that memory often and it makes running fun. I am gonna say a dog-in-love-with-movement!

  161. September 22, 2010 8:55 pm

    I am that little bulldog running with my strong little legs and just clipping away at a steady pace. I usually have that slightly pissed off face just like bulldog, but I don’t stop. Bulldog determination. That’s me.

  162. September 22, 2010 9:04 pm

    I think a camel represents me. Not the fastest animal in the world but she stores her reserves and keeps going and going and going. Just like me!

  163. www.theevolvinghomemaker.com permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:10 pm

    I would say I am a running bear.

    Why?

    Because I am an on again off again runner. I run for a few months, get injured or lazy, then I hibernate for a few months with Ben and Jerry and any cookie within site. Then I realize I have put on a few layers of extra fat and decide I need to start running again…until…then it is back to my cave full of latte’s and sugar laden delicacies.

    The flip side? I am a killer Mama Grizzly, do something to my kids and look out!

    LOL!

    🙂
    Jen

  164. Janette permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:32 pm

    Camel. My mother used to call me camel-legs when I was young because I guess I was all legs, and now I plod along slowly like a camel but can keep on going, except when I’m injured like now (when I’m more slug-like).

  165. Brooke permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:50 pm

    My German Shorthair Pointer. She starts out in the lead when we start our run, then we shift roles and she’s following me to the end.

  166. September 22, 2010 10:46 pm

    I have been a runner for a really long time and it wasn’t until I started training for races that I thought of Rage, that’s my old Pug. I used to take Rage out for 4 mile runs all the time and his short little legs would go go go and then once he was tired he would plop down and there was no one that could get him up. I ended up carrying him the rest of the way…he was always content with that!

    Sometimes, during my long runs I feel like Rage. I want to plop down and have someone carry me the rest of the way. Now wouldn’t that be lovely 🙂

  167. Patti permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:56 pm

    Most likely a turtle – or a ‘penguin’. But it doesn’t matter, because the best thing about running, is that I can be whatever I want to be. And today, I was a gazelle : )

  168. Laurie permalink
    September 23, 2010 5:30 am

    I had to give this lots of thought but I finally came up with my answer, hope I’m not too late! I run like a lioness. I run in a pack, more often than not. I’m not fast, so I’m happy to pick out the weak one to hunt down. And like the lioness it’s my job to bring home the groceries.

  169. Janice Greenhalgh permalink
    September 23, 2010 6:21 am

    I’d say hamster, not because I’m super fast, but I tend to do the same routes over and over again. Maybe I need to get off the wheel and experience new runs!

  170. September 23, 2010 6:34 am

    I try to run like a gazelle, but think I represent the much clunkier Clydesdale. 🙂

  171. Catrina permalink
    September 23, 2010 6:40 am

    I would say a bear. I can be slow just chugging along, but often, every once in awhile speed it up. Also, I don’t like to run outside in the winter here in New England, so I always say I hibernate and run on the treadmill. Going to try the whole running outside in the cold this year though!

  172. Megan permalink
    September 23, 2010 7:08 am

    Too funny. A friend often encourages me by telling me I’m a beast on my runs. Silly I know, but it’s never occured to me to decide what beast I am.

    I know I’m not the only one who gets this mantra stuck in my head “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming” (Thanks to watching Finding Nemo for the zillionth time) So I guess I’m a fish and if I get to choose which kind. I’m thinking a Salmon, sleek and strong swimming up river.

  173. September 23, 2010 7:24 am

    alligator – you wouldn’t think they could run with those short legs, but they can….like me 🙂

  174. Lisa permalink
    September 23, 2010 7:38 am

    maybe an ostrich ? I have long legs and in middle school we were watching a film showing different animals running and someone said that looked like me – crushing to a 14 year old girl, but I have learned to appreciate being tall, and I am enjoying my running and reaching new miles that I never thought I could at 44, or at any age.

    Has a winner for the Nike Marathon been picked ?

  175. Jenn permalink
    September 23, 2010 7:48 am

    I feel like a donkey. Slow, strong, and persistent.

  176. Jenn permalink
    September 23, 2010 7:55 am

    PS/ I loved the shirts so much I am going on their site and ordering one next payday!! They are super cute.

  177. September 23, 2010 9:22 am

    a turtle. just call me yertle.

  178. September 23, 2010 9:38 am

    Since I am a new beginner- back to running after a back injury and surgery- I see myself as a baby duckling. I am doing my best to keep up with the Mama and Papa ducks I see cruising past me. Don’t want to be the slow one. Getting stronger, faster and running longer each time. I know the more I keep up with it, the better I will do, just like those little ducklings!

  179. September 23, 2010 9:39 am

    I feel like a horse. I am not too fast but I feel like a can keep going and going. I am very determined and don’t give up!

  180. Kathy permalink
    September 23, 2010 10:02 am

    Usually, in the begining of a run, I feel like a tortoise. It takes me a few minutes (occassionally miles) to start to feel better. At the end of my runs I start to feel like a wild mustang, fast and free!! If only that feeling could last all day!

  181. Vickie permalink
    September 23, 2010 10:35 am

    I wish I could say cheetah but in truth, I think I might be more like a wild turkey.

  182. Terri permalink
    September 23, 2010 11:06 am

    I am a manatee. I go with the flow of the road or the trail, I take the hills and swells as they come and go. I am not competitive but am playful like the manatees I once saw at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. I encourage any other runners who are around me and wish them a good day. I move with grace and assuredness but speed is not my strength. I run as a manatee.

  183. Jamie permalink
    September 23, 2010 11:30 am

    Hmmm.. maybe a tadpole…it takes me a little while sometimes to find my “frog” legs. Other days I am a caterpillar and hopefully by the end of the run i have transformed into a butterfly!

  184. September 23, 2010 11:37 am

    when i started running in jr. high, i was a horse- a lovely, young thoroughbred. bouncy, long stride- fast. i’m no thoroughbred anymore… i think i’m more like the little bush dogs we visit at our zoo- stubby short strides, round tummy, happy little face. just running & running! : )

  185. Allison permalink
    September 23, 2010 12:52 pm

    I find that I am definitely a turtle or tortoise. Totally slow and not one to win a race but I bother to show up and put forth the effort.

  186. September 23, 2010 3:51 pm

    An Ostrich – I look awkward when I run but I can take off at a pretty good clip…sometimes.

  187. Judy permalink
    September 23, 2010 7:08 pm

    A beaver….they are persistent in working continuously on their beaver dam. I am always working on my running. The work will never end.

  188. Tori permalink
    September 24, 2010 9:46 am

    A few times a year I visit my in-laws at their farm in southern Alabama and even though the threat of getting chased by a wild animal is probably high, I still love to run on the dirt roads that surround their house. When I step out of the slow routine of farm life and head out, three dogs join me. Most dogs at “the farm” could not fathom the idea of being on a leash or contained in a fence or in a home, so when I jog by, they immediately jump up from their comfy front door mat and invite themselves to run with me. (Yes, the Forrest Gump scene always comes to mind). I have decided that I am most like Rocko, a white dog with black spots that appears to be a bulldog and pit bull mix. Rocko and I are not too skinny, not too fat, more toned than muscular, easygoing, and just happy to be outside going for a run at a nice, steady pace. We never have the desire to catch up with the other two dogs – a hyper, petite jack russell who everyone fears will get ran over on the main road or the loyal, black lab who has the ability to run fast, but prefers to run just a little ahead, so he can keep an eye out for any possible dangers or to round up some more friends.

  189. September 24, 2010 8:57 pm

    Tortise and then the hare! I start out slowly and then bust butt! 🙂 I try anyway!
    Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  190. September 28, 2010 9:55 am

    So, As I thought through this my mind went through so many animals as I feel like my runs are all so different – long and steady, short and all out, my burnt out days………… Overall I would have to say an Eagle (a mother Eagle that is). They are both beautiful and strong as I feel ANY mother embodies these traits. They leave their nest, their home & family they have so diligently and thoughtfully built and they SOAR. I feel like I soar when I run, I take in the beauty around me and fly during my little piece of time, my escape for that moment. Then I so proudly return to my nest, feeling as I have been out doing something to bring back to my family. Maybe not an tangible gathering as an eagle would have for her family but my soul, my body & my mind are fed as I walk through those doors a little more clear to begin my nesting again.

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