I came across an interesting discussion online today and I'm not sure how I feel about it. The gist of the conversation says that running at 6 mph does not make one a runner; that's a slow jog.
I read this and thought, SERIOUSLY? I "run" at 3.5 mph and I don't find that easy. I can't even fathom what running at 6 mph looks like.
I'm not naïve to think that I run fast. In fact, when I'm tracking my activity points for Weight Watchers, I always count it as a jog. I have tried going up to 4 mph; but I'm just not there, yet.
My question is this: Am I a runner? Does running/jogging at a slower pace mean I'm not worthy of the title? Where does one come up with the rule that says 6 mph is a jog, not a run. Think about it, people are different. Different shapes, sizes, heights, weights and fitness levels. How can it be that someone incredibly fit can run at 8 or 10 mph and frown upon someone who has never run before and is now doing so at 3.5 mph? I don't get it. Isn't the important thing here being active and living a healthy lifestyle? What should it matter what speed you run at?
I'm so proud of how far I have come. I've been on the Weight Watchers program for 8 months and I've lost over 70 lbs and I can "run" 15 minute intervals at 3.5 mph. I can't say I even came close to that at any point in my past; even in my youth. In my mind and in my heart, I AM A RUNNER. I may not be fast and I may not look pretty doing it; but damn it, I'M DOING IT!
What are your thoughts? What makes one a runner?