Thinking back, is there a moment when you thought to yourself “I am now a real runner”?
For the longest time I did not consider myself a real runner. A few years back, way before I started my MRTT group, I used to run the same loop near my house. I would see a red headed woman almost every time I ran and she was a “real runner”. After a while, I tried to make eye contact with her and even wave a few times but got nothing in return. Nothing at all! I was convinced red head didn’t want to acknowledge me because I was not a “real runner” and she somehow knew this. Fast forward a few years later, it was raining cats and dogs out there but I set out for my run. That day, I saw red head running towards me and that day in the pouring rain she waved to me. What!? All of the sudden, she viewed me as a real runner worthy of her wave.
That was the day I first felt like a real runner! Funny how little things like that can solidify our self worth as runners isn’t it? I was curious about when others felt like they were real runners so I went straight to my best source-my Moms Run This Town mamas. Here are a few of their answers:
I knew I was a Real Runner When…
Sarah: “I packed my running clothes before my regular clothes”
Amy: “I look for potential running routes while planning family vacations”
Jenny: “Lost toe nails, bra chafing & body glide”
Melissa: “I started craving runs instead of dreading them”
Lori: “I have more running clothes than regular clothes”
Allison: “Planning my social life around getting into bed early & fueling for my long run the next morning”
Kate: “Nope I won’t have another drink. I am running in the morning”
Kara: “Actually paying to run somewhere”
Lisa: “When I started getting up at 5am to run and loving it”
So interesting we all have a moment or definition that solidifies in our own minds that we are now real runners. For some of us it’s running our first race or completing a certain distance for others it’s lost toe nails and running clothes.
Tell me when did you know you were a real runner?
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