At what point can you say you are really a runner?

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22/11/2012 at 10:53

There have been several moments this year since I decided to take running "seriously" that have made me feel more like a proper runner.   

Before July I ran 5km twice a week at most, but for reasons I still don't completely understand, I decided to make a proper effort.   

Since then I have have done my first 10km race (apart from one I did about 10 years ago so I don't count that), my first Half Marathon, and my first Great South Run.   

At each step it has felt like I was more a proper runner.  From getting my first race number to running my first 10Km, all the way to finishing the Great South Run.   

However, last week my company sent me to Brussels for 5 weeks.  So I packed my running shoes, found a local park, and have clocked up 35 miles so far around it.   

For some reason being abroad and still keeping my training going seems to top everything else in the "I feel like a proper runner" stakes.  

So what makes one a proper runner?

Edited: 22/11/2012 at 10:54
22/11/2012 at 10:58

Done the London Marathon ?

22/11/2012 at 11:08

I think putting one foot in front of the other at a gait faster than walk makes you a runner.

Dave - I've done the VLM twice now - does that make me a super-runner. 


22/11/2012 at 11:12

Only twice Pah....

I was joking !

22/11/2012 at 11:33

Blasting past a queue waiting for a bus while blowing your nose into an invisible handkerchief.

22/11/2012 at 11:53

When going away, you check out the destination for running routes and pick a hotel nearest their location.

22/11/2012 at 12:26

Sub 90 half, Sub 40 10k, Sub20 5k.

Anything slower is jogging.

Edited: 22/11/2012 at 12:27
22/11/2012 at 12:29
Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)

Done the Marathon ?



22/11/2012 at 12:33

recording all your training in a spreadsheet

Edited: 22/11/2012 at 12:34
22/11/2012 at 12:37

Getting grumpy because you are tapering and cant go out and do as much....grrrr

22/11/2012 at 12:59

I'm with Liz EE and those who are starting out and walk/run too therefore I think you qualified for the title of "Runner" a while ago.  Don't let people tell you otherwise because you haven't done this that or the other or because your times are not what they call running.

22/11/2012 at 13:12


How you identify yourself.

I know people who haven't run for 20 years, who in their minds are still runners.

22/11/2012 at 13:36
Having to do a poo mid run in the countryside...that was my defining moment.
22/11/2012 at 13:55

I wondered that too as I still feel like a fraud at every race start    

22/11/2012 at 14:24
Going out running in the rain.
22/11/2012 at 16:53

There are only two categories of people. Sitters and Runners. There is nowt in between.

There is some snobbery out there on whether you make a certain grade but running is all about YOU.

22/11/2012 at 16:55

It's an interesting question.  For me, I didn't feel like a "proper runner" even though I had completed a couple of halfs and a full marathon.  I think it's because I knew deep down that I wasn't really trying and was just doing what I could to get around.  When I started putting some structure to my training and going out in all weathers, I counted myself as a "proper runner".

22/11/2012 at 17:14
gemgemx wrote (see)
Having to do a poo mid run in the countryside...that was my defining moment.

I started to consider myself a proper runner when I managed to condition my bowels to go before setting off.  Still have occasional lapses mind you.

22/11/2012 at 17:39
gemgemx wrote (see)
Having to do a poo mid run in the countryside...that was my defining moment.

I don't understand what this has to do with running (well I do, but), theres no toilets in the countryside, having a poo outside could happen what ever you're doing.

Being a proper runner is when you come on runners world and bitch about insignifcant little problems, isn't it?

22/11/2012 at 18:09

If you run regularly then you are a runner - irrespective of ability! But I do think the more we put in the more we get out so maybe a proper runner is someone who tries to be the best they can be!

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