Often times I hear people say, “I am not a runner, but I run a couple miles a week”. Sorry to disappoint you, but you are a runner. No matter how fast or how slow you go, or how far or total mileage you run in a week, month or year, if you run you are a runner. I am not sure why people discredit themselves and their accomplishments by saying they are not a runner, when in fact they run as part of their exercise and healthy living routine.
Okay even I had that brief identity crisis where I said I am not a runner, but had already ran a marathon. Then I realized speed and ability to win races don’t make you a runner. I came to the conclusion that the moment, I had a pair of shoes that I called my running shoes, I was a runner. Everything else was irrelevant to me being a runner. The Garmin, the compression socks, the singlet, running club, races, personal records, social media running sites, the s
hort shorts :), and training plan didn’t make me the runner I am today. It was the moment I decided to do an activity called running that made me a runner. When I would lace up my shoes and head out the door putting one foot in front of the other and during that stride have both feet off the ground at the same time, that is when I became a runner.
|when I lace my shoes up and head out the door I am a runner|
The amount of marathons I have completed, the speed I run, the miles I train, the bling hanging in my garage and number of shoes I have ran in don’t define me as a runner. It is the act of getting off my ass, lacing up my “running shoes”, taking a step outside and moving my feet is what makes me a runner.
So I ask you what makes you a runner or made you a runner? When was that moment when you said “I AM A RUNNER”.