If you Google "what is a runner" you will find a few things:
1. A person who runs, especially in a specified way
2. A person who smuggles goods out of a specified area (oops, wrong type of runner - don't do drugs)
3. Something we cannot re-post here (learned something new on this one)
4. Someone who runs at a decent pace, on all terrain, in all weather, because they want to
5. Not a jogger
6. A true runner lives in one of the four following states: 1. thinking about the next run; 2. thinking about the last run; 3. running; 4. talking about running
7. A group of the hardest bunch of people alive who run like beasts
8. People who are hated on by motorists and people who sit on the couch
9. Runners are hot (well, duh - this isn't news to us)
10. The most hardworking group of people you will ever meet
So, how do you define a runner? Who set the qualification of a "real runner" that you feel you need to meet?
Asking around, here is what we found:
1. A "real" runner is someone who is fast
2. Someone who trains and races almost every weekend
3. You guys (well thank you!!!)
4. Someone who works hard, trains in all temperatures, and races to the max
5. I'll be a real runner when I can break "x" time in the half marathon
6. Real runners can run a 6 minute mile at least. Guess I won't ever be a "real" runner
7. Someone who knows all the lingo and owns a foam roller
8. Real runners don't need a hydration belt, 50 packets of GU, and a backpack to run a 5k
9. Someone who can say "fartlek" without laughing
10. Someone who actually "runs" - people who run 1 mile per week or for 3 minutes on the treadmill and say they're runners don't count. Sorry.
11. People who do long runs, speed-work, and cross train are real runners
12. Only people who run marathons and ultras are "real" runners
13. Someone who can break 15 minutes in the 5k
14. You know the women who wear the crop-top/sports bras in the big races? Those are real runners!
16. People who race in those bright colored flats
17. People who can run for at least an hour at a decent pace, maybe 8:00 or 9:00 pace, without walking
18. Real runners don't have a problem running in the rain or cold
19. Real runners are competitive and win or place at larger races, not just the little local stuff
20. Someone who lives and breathes running. You know, the people who run first thing in the morning and are changing in the office so they can run home. The ones who race every weekend and have 12 water bottles on their counter. I think they own stock in Garmin too. Oh, and sometimes they run at lunch.
Well there you have it. It seems like everyone has a different definition of what a "real runner" actually is.
Did you create the definition of a "real runner" for yourself? Did someone lead you to believe you wouldn't be a runner until you could accomplish a certain goal?
Do we think there are characteristics that define a runner? Of course. Runners tend to be:
But, not everyone is the same. If you train hard, do long runs, do speed work and are giving it your all, you're a runner. Just because you may not be capable of breaking 16:00 in the 5k or 3:00 in the full, doesn't mean you are "less than" - everyone is different. If you are giving it all you have, improving, working, trying, etc, you are a runner.
So, remember who you are running for. You do not have to meet a certain standard to be a runner. Just know that when you work hard, train hard, and race hard, you will gain respect from other runners, no matter how fast you are able to go.
If you look at the people that you consider to be "real runners" you will see the characteristics we described above, and you will see that they put in the work to reap the results. You will see that they respect other runners of all shapes and sizes, and will encourage those who are genuinely trying. Just because you may not be a speed demon doesn't mean you cannot be a runner.
That being said - keep working hard. Work until your idols become your rivals. Then smoke them.
See you in the morning. #thefitclub417 #earnednotgiven
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