Ever wonder what makes you a runner?
Running xx miles per week?
Running xx times per week?
Running xx minute miles?
Wearing xx brands shoes?
Do you know what actually makes you a runner?
Calling yourself a runner!
I started running about 4 or 5 years ago; running sub-11 minute miles and happy when I could run 1 mile without stopping. Or even 5 minutes without stopping. I ran for a few years without calling myself a runner. I couldn’t have been one because I ran a mile in 10:40; or because my mileage capped at 1 1/2 miles; or because I couldn’t run a 1/2 or full marathon.
That isn’t what makes someone a runner.
I recently finished reading The Accidental Athlete which aside from being a funny book, proved my point. This man started running at 43 and he wasn’t fast nor could he run far and it took him awhile to figure out he was a runner. But he is one.
And so am I.
I am a runner.
I’ve been a runner for 4 or 5 years. I’ve been a runner since my miles were at 12 minutes. I’ve been a runner since before I could run more than a mile.
I was still a runner when I ran my first 5k; my first 10k, and PRed at the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. I’ll still be a runner when I run my next race or when I run my last race. I’ll still be a runner when I’m (hopefully) still running in my 50s and 60s.
I am a runner.
And today, I couldn’t be more thankful for running and being a runner.
Do you consider yourself a runner?
What do you think makes you a runner?