Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 6:24 PM


Today I ran 4 miles.

I think, just maybe, I might be becoming a runner. Will I feel like one for sure after my 10K? If I do a half marathon? A full one? (I doubt that will ever happen, by the way, so please don't say that's what it will take).

How long does it take you, and what level do you have to attain, before you feel like you're not "pretending" to be something any more?

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When I trained for my half marathon it made me feel like a "real" runner. I did a 10K before my half and that helped too. Some days I feel like a runner and other days....not as much.

Do you enjoy running? Do you look forward to your run? Do you feel amazing after?

If you answer yes to any of those questions I think you can call yourself a runner. The fact that you actually finished a race only cements the fact.

I read a book recently where the author says something like, "You can make yourself do almost anything, but you can't make yourself LIKE everything you do." So "fake it till you make it" might work sometimes, but I think Heather's got it: If you enjoy running, then you're a runner. If you don't enjoy it, then you're getting some great exercise!

I felt like a runner the first time I got double-digit mileage. I would have never considered myself a runner. I only ran a marathon because I wanted to say I did. But now I really enjoy running and do it every day. I think once you sign up and train for a race you are a runner.