I forget which blog I read it on, but there was some recent buzz about some people telling other bloggers that they are not real runners because real runners are those people who log 40+ miles a week.
I’d like to put myself out there to disagree.
In my opinion, a runner is someone who goes out and runs because they love it and have a passion for it. No matter what distance or what speed, you can be a runner.
I feel bad for those people who look down on the runners who aren’t logging 40+ miles a week.
Shouldn’t the running community be welcoming, excited, and encouraging to new runners? Or even if they aren’t new…everyone is built differently and has different goals. Maybe someone wants to be a really fast runner at shorter distances. I don’t know what the training would consist of for this, but I don’t think they would have to run 20 milers or log up to 40 miles. This goal might require more shorter distance speed workouts.
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Be passionate. Continue to call yourself a runner. Don’t let those people get you down that think you aren’t running enough distance.
Are you a runner?
Do you think to be a “runner” you need to log high mileage?