When can you start to call yourself a "runner?"
My entire life I've used the excuse that I'm just not a runner. I never really developed the lungs for it. The mile run in P.E. class was pure torture and running laps during soccer practice wasn't much better. It's not that I was, or am, against exercise. It's just that I prefer other forms of it. Lately, I've been on a Zumba kick. I joined this particular gym because of its class offerings, so I could take a Zumba class almost any day/night of the week. What I am finding though, is that I don't always have time to take a Zumba class any day/night of the week. Sometimes I have to get in and out of the gym in under an hour. So I have started using the treadmill.
I had a dismal start on the treadmill. I could only run for about 6 or 7 minutes at time at a speed under 5.0 until I had to walk again. Slowly I got better, and I began to really challenge myself. I now run at a speed of 5.0 or higher and I have pushed myself each time to go a little further. This week I ran 2 entire miles without stopping- for the first time EVER in my life! My next trip to the gym I did 2.5 miles. My next goal is to do 2.5 miles in less time. I'm not trying to run marathons or anything, but I feel like it's good to have goals. Which brings me back to my original question...When can you call yourself a runner?
Are you a runner when you complete your first mile? Or two? Or ten? Do you have to run a 5k, or train for a half marathon? Most runners would laugh at my 2.5 mile personal record if I used it as proof that I am a runner. Wouldn't they? Maybe. Maybe not. In the meantime, I've done some thing that I never thought I would do. I feel better than I thought I ever could about something I've hated to do my entire life! I am getting fit, and I finally have the lungs to run! I guess that makes me a runner!!!
So now I'm curious...If you run, or used to run, at what point did you start to consider yourself a runner? I'd love to hear your stories!