I just ran my first [insert race here], I feel like I can finally call myself a runner. If I had a dime for every time I saw this posted somewhere, I would be rich! I wish these people knew that they already ARE runners.
People starting to run for the first time ever or after a very long break from the sport are often discouraged by their slower pace of lack of race results. They are often afraid to refer to themselves as “runners,” but they are every bit as much of a runner as the person on a podium after a race.
A fellow blogger, Callie, wrote a great post yesterday that really drives this point home: “On Behalf of All The 10+ Minute Mile Runners.” It doesn’t matter what your pace is, if you are putting one foot in front of the other and running, then you are a runner in my book.
Very few of us are ever going to place in any given race, so in essence, we are really just racing against ourselves and trying to do the best we can. My PR is worth just as much as my husband’s PR in a 5K, it doesn’t matter who ran the faster time. In fact, some runners don’t even (gasp) run races. They are just out there running because they love to run and really have no desire for competition.
I guess the point of this diatribe is that we are all runners. Just because you run a 12 minute mile or you don’t compete in road races shouldn’t preclude you from labeling yourself a runner- you earned that title through the miles you have already logged.