Monday Meditation: You’re a Runner

21 Jan

A friend of mine recently confessed that she has been running for over a year and a half and has even raced in a 5K. What surprised me was not that she had been running for so long, but the reason why she had not told anyone her “secret.” She said she didn’t feel confident in her running and didn’t feel she deserved to call herself a runner. I immediately thought of the popular John Bingham quote below:


This quote has been circulating in online communities for a long time and has taken many forms (just do a Google image search for it!) because it is truly a timeless piece of running wisdom. It’s timeless because it’s true. There’s no specific criteria that have to be met in order to call oneself a runner. There’s no running judge that determines you’ve passed the threshold of speed and mileage required. You don’t have to complete an arbitrary number of races to earn your Runner’s Badge. There is only one requirement to be able to call yourself a runner. You run. Plain and simple.


This second quote by Bart Yasso brings up a very good point. What is a fake runner? Would you know one if you saw one? There’s no way to tell someone is a fake runner because there’s no such thing. Again, there is no criteria for reaching that “real runner” status. If you’re really running (and not just imagining it), then you’re a real runner.

If you run, don’t hide it! Be proud of yourself for doing something that many people fear or avoid at all costs. Simply lacing up a pair of running shoes and heading out on the road, treadmill, or track is an accomplishment. Believe in yourself, because no matter how far or how fast you go – You are a runner.


One Response to “Monday Meditation: You’re a Runner”

  1. Jade January 21, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    I can’t help but compare myself to what I used to be able to run and think that I was a runner then but not now…I have to push those thoughts aside! I am a runner 🙂

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