There was one item in the article that ticked me off. It was a statement from an anonymous coach who said, "40 minute 10K: If you’re faster than that time, you’re a runner; if slower, well…you’re not". That guy is a chump! I guess that means that only the one (1) person out of about one hundred in my age group at the last 10k I ran was a runner (and it wasn't me). In fact, there were only 16 "runners" out of the entire (large) field according to that dude. I completely reject that thinking as ignorant. One of the great things I've learned is there is a good, supportive running community and I don't need the approval of those who don't think I or anyone else are "real runners".
This week I had a training run with Lil' C, did a "fast" evening 5k and today I ran 10 miles (even though it was cold and I didn't feel like running that far). I intentionally went "slower" today for a couple reasons, one of which is that I want to get re-accustomed to running for a long period of time (I guess I could have accomplished that by running further, but I'm trying to build back up to half marathon-like levels).
I have at least 2 5k's coming up in the next month or so (Sylvan Shuffle and Open Door Julie Run) and I'm now planning to do a 10 mile race at the Solstice Run in June. I needed a short break from racing as my schedule isn't allowing it as much, I need to keep up training and it just gets expensive, but rest assured, I will be back racing soon in pursuit of PRs, glory and bananas!