Do you consider yourself a “Runner”?

Curious and curious…

Do you identify yourself as a runner?

This question was inspired by a recent conversation I had the other day. Here’s how it went down:

I was in the grocery store. Stocking produce. When a customer noticed my Garmin 225 watch. He asked me if I was a runner. And how long I’ve been doing it.

I launched into the story of running 4 miles for the first time. How it was a late summer morning in 1993. And how I had no clue if I could make it.

I told him about the route. How it passed an ice cream parlor. And how I was so thirsty that I wanted to stop. And the look of amazement on my mom’s face when I told her how far I’d gone.

I then asked him if he was a runner. And his immediate knee-jerk reaction was “well I run but I’m not a runner”.

But his scuffed Asic 2160s told a different story.

After prying a bit further…

He admitted to running a handful of a 10ks. And how’s he’s trying to stick with it through the winter so he could run a full in the spring.

“It sounds like you’re a runner to me!”, I said. And he reluctantly agreed.

The point?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a wet behind the ear beginner or a seasoned vet…

If running is a part of your daily/regular routine to the point that it’s part of your identity, then you’re a runner.

So the next time someone asks you about it. I encourage you to say “yes” regardless of what your mind tells you.

But If you find yourself struggling with owning this response. Here’s a simple solution:

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That’s all for now,

Barefoot Alex