what makes you a runner?

This is a question I’ve been asking myself for a while.

Last December, I decided to tackle running.  It was something I’d always hated yet, when I thought about it in the abstract, the freedom appealed to me.  After a few runs, I determined that what I hated about it was the pain from a body that wasn’t used to that kind of cardio exercise.  The only way to get over that was to keep going – and maybe build up more gradually – so I bought a Couch 2 5k app and got moving!

I’ll be the first to admit that between the last week of December and now, I’ve had weeks of slacking off.  I should be able to run a 5k already, and I probably could if I really pushed myself, but I’m going slow.

So, can I call myself a runner?  Probably not.  But when will I reach that point where I can?

I’ve done  a little research (Google counts as research now, right?) and found the following:

“In my books anyone who takes the time to set up a goal, reach a distance, and run is a runner. It’s not by your shoes, or your looks, but how you move your feet.”

“I am a runner because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. I am a runner because I say I am. And no one can tell me I’m not.” – John Bingham, from I Dream to Run

“I’m always surprised when beginner runners, after a couple months of marathon training, will start out a sentence with, ‘Well, I’m not really a runner…’ I always want to say to those people, ‘Well, I hate to break it to you, but, you’re a runner now!’ -About.com Article

The responses to the above quote were varied and great to read!

So the consensus seems to be that you are a runner when you feel you are a runner. That’s really clear…not.  But it does answer my question!  I don’t feel like a runner yet, so I’m not.  But I will be!