Am I A Real Runner?

IMG_1876I was recently on Twitter and someone made a comment about feeling like a real runner after they achieved a certain time at the half-marathon. I had never run a half marathon that fast and I certainly consider myself a real runner.

This comment really made me think about all the pressure we put on ourselves to be “real” runners.

When I was teaching my friend to run, she also at some point looked at me and asked if she was a runner now. The reality is that if you can run whether it’s for a mile or for 100 miles, you’re a real runner!

There is no magical amount of kilometres or time that afterwards you become a real runner. I am not anymore of a runner than someone that runs 5ks and has no aspirations to go any further. And a certain PR doesn’t make you more of a runner than you were before.

Running is a community (a really welcoming one) and not an exclusive club. What makes you a runner is feeling like a runner and just getting out. There are no time or distance requirement associated with that!

After I first ran an ultramarathon, I was very hesitant to say that I ran ultras because I had only run one and felt like I really didn’t know much. Now that I’ve run a handful of them, I know more because each race is a learning experience but I still have lots to learn. But the fact remains that I was an ultra-runner after I crossed the finish line at that first ultra and I was a runner as soon as I started running.

Don’t discredit your achievements. Be proud of yourself that you’re out there running no matter how far or fast you can run!

Was there a point where you decided that you were a runner?

Happy running!

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4 thoughts on “Am I A Real Runner?

  1. irun4pizza January 6, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    If you run, you’re a runner. It’s pretty easy.

  2. SNL on the Run January 6, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    I agree! I always felt if I didn’t run a certain distance or however many days in a row I wasn’t a “real” runner either, but I realize now, every time I put on my running shoes and step out the door for a run no matter how long or how good/bad the run is, I am 100% a runner

  3. TanyaRunsLife January 6, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    Congratulations on running an ultra! I deal to be able to do that one day. I totally agree with you, if anyone even tries to say that I “jog” I’m very quick to correct them! We’re out there putting in the time and effort I don’t care how far or fast you go, if you want to call yourself a runner then do it

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