Can You Call Yourself a Runner?

So you have dabbled in running a bit. You bought the shoes, got outside, and gave it a try! You started to run but you still struggle to call yourself a real runner. I can relate. When I first started running, I didn’t want to call myself a runner; mostly because I didn’t really believe I was one. Running was something I was just starting. In order to be an actual runner, I thought that I had to meet a list of criteria which included running certain distances and or hitting a certain PR, and continuously reaching bigger milestones. This simply wasn’t true. Those were limiting beliefs that were not founded in truth.

So can you call yourself a runner?

Many people struggle with being able to call themselves runners.  Changing your mindset can be tough if you aren’t used to thinking of yourself as a runner or an athlete. You could be worried that you’re not fast enough, not experienced enough, not knowing enough…the list goes on and on. But I have some good news for you. It doesn’t matter how fast you are, or if you’ve qualified for Boston. It doesn’t matter if you’ve run a marathon, or even a 5k! If you run, you are a runner. 

If you run, you are a runner.

No ifs, ands, or buts. If you run, you are a runner! It’s as simple as that! There is not some magical indicator that you have to meet or achieve to become a real runner. Here are a few things to keep in mind for some additional reassurance:

Runners Come in All Shapes, Sizes, and Speeds

Runners can be fast or slow, tall or short, and can have all different body types. The running community is an inclusive community. If you run, it doesn’t matter your speed, you shape, or your size. If you run, you’re a runner.

Runners Keep Showing Up

The thing that makes runners really special is that fact that they keep showing up. Sometimes you take breaks and sometimes you walk. Sometimes you lose motivation, but you consistently show up. You work through challenges and adversity. You continue to get off the couch and keep trying. If you run, you’re a runner.

Runners are Improving their Health & Wellbeing

No matter what “achievements” and “milestones” you are reaching, the fact that you are running means that you are focused on improving your health and wellbeing. You’re committed to nourishing your body through exercise, and you’re focused on being your best self. This is true if you win the Boston marathon, or if you have never run a race and just enjoy going out for an enjoyable run every now and then. If you run, you are a runner.

What do you think?

Is there anything that holds you back from calling yourself a runner?

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  1. When I have been injured and unable to run, I sometimes question whether I can still call myself a runner. Ultimately, yes I do believe if you run then you are runner, Come link up on Wednesday for runners’roundup

    1. I understand the feeling Deborah! You are a runner! Thanks for linking up!

  2. Totally agree! It can be hard to call yourself a runner when first starting out. But if you run, you’re a runner.

  3. 100% agree! If you run, then you are a runner. It’s not easy to show up and that is what sets runners apart!

  4. YES!

    If you run, you are a runner! Period. Full Stop. The end.

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