Awhile ago I wrote a post about what makes a runner. That was almost two years ago when I first started blogging, and I think it is time to revisit that topic.
So many times when I am chatting with people and they mention that they went for a run or are doing a race, they sheepishly and almost apologetically will say, “But I’m not a runner,” or “I am not a runner like you are.”
There is this strange misconception that you have to run 7:00min/miles or run 40 miles a week to be a runner. But the fact is, running is running. There is not rule regarding how fast you must go, or how far you have to run, or even how much running you must do.
If you run, you are a runner. This isn’t always the easiest sport. It does make the lungs sting and the legs burn at times. It takes dedication and motivation to get out the door. It can be a lonely activity and it isn’t always fun. So if you make the time to get out there and do it, you most definitely deserve to call yourself a runner.
Whether you have a run/walk technique that has you running even a block at a time or you run 15:00min/miles; that is running! Take a look at the definition of running: The action or movement of a runner. Looks pretty simple. All you have to do is move!
Very few sports are as inclusive as running. There are races and events for all ages and levels. There is room for elites at the front, and for those who bring up the rear. Recreational races like color runs and even beer runs exist for those who are just looking for some fun.
You should never apologize for being a part of this sport. Hold your head high, get out the door and if someone asks, heck yeah you should say, “Yes, I am a runner!”