A number of weeks ago as I was running with a group of people and we were trudging up that 8% grade monster of a hill, one of the runners held back a little bit and needed to walk saying, "I'm just not as seasoned of a runner as the others". I held back and walked a little bit too with her and felt the same thought myself, even telling her that I didn't feel very seasoned either. That one little statement has been ringing over and over in my head since that early morning run this past Summer.
Is it from running X amount of miles?
Is it from running X amount of years?
Is it from running X amount of races?
Have I become a seasoned runner yet?
So maybe seasoned running is a combination of time, races, mileage, and flavorful experiences all mixed together. Maybe it's the variety of people you meet along the running journey, and the great friends you make and get to run with. I certainly don't want to think that seasoned running is all about the speed because then my soup will have no flavor. I'm not fast by any means but I am enjoying the experiences I'm having. I've only been at this for a little less than 2 years and I still don't feel like a 'seasoned runner' but I feel like my pot of soup has seasoning, and I like it just the way it is.