Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Am I a Runner?

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?

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