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Readers Respond: When did you first think of yourself as a runner?

Responses: 70


Updated May 11, 2012

after 10 miles of hills

I realized I might just be a runner after running 10 miles of hills and thinking, "That was great!". My legs had a different take on the subject. LOL
—Guest Rod

not yet a runner, jogging for now

I still don't consider myself a runner. I was a runner in high school, but for now i'm a jogger. I don't run enough to be given that title yet.
—Guest Liz

first marathon

I had been running for two years before I ran my first marathon. When I crossed that finish line, I truly felt like a runner!


I'm 65 and started running five years ago. I weighed 270 pounds. My first race was a 10K, finished in 1:18 and felt like Roger Bannister. This spring, I completed the Ottawa Marathon in 4:15:55 (made Boston with 3 seconds to spare). Now I think of myself as a runner. (Even got my first tattoo.)
—Guest Jim Turner

Breathe right. Run slow.

I just found my pace. Slow, but steady. I ran a full 3 miles without walking once and wanted to keep going. Other runners have told me it does not matter what your pace is as long as it keeps me running. I found it! Running slowly. Totally hooked. I also look forward to my run: rain, high humidity, doesn't matter. I can't miss my run.
—Guest Running slowly.

After my failed pursuit as a sportsman

When pursuing cricket, a sport similar to baseball, I scoffed at my college captain for keeping a fat book titled 'How to Run.' Firstly, it seemed silly that running would have so much technique. Secondly, in Indian culture, we have this notion that skill in sport surpasses fitness so I though the skip was nuts to focus on such aspects. However, years later, I realized that running was the most natural of exercises. Now, at age 39, I call myself a runner more than an ex cricketer and am excited there's a club called Runners for Life in our city. It's true you can do it at almost any age.
—Guest Vikram

Withdrawal Symptoms...

General case: if you start pining for something that you cannot do, through whatever reason/however briefly, you are that thing you do... ...running is no exception(:
—Guest Ab

Eighth Grade

I was running a race on a golf course with my brother cheering me the whole way. I missed placing the medal by one. I came up to a girl who knew how to run down hill. To this day I still think of that race. I’m looking to be forty-six in a couple weeks and know that I could beat her now.
—Guest Karen

Adding the long run

Once I started adding long runs to my running week, I became a runner.
—Guest Gumpy

Always Felt it!

I always felt the need to run. I would start then stop. I read "Runner's World" for motivation but was still sporadic about it. Even though I wanted to be a runner, I made every excuse not to run until a friend motivated me. I finally was ready to run my first 10-mile race and two weeks before, I injured my knee. The disappointment I felt was worse than when I didn't get the bike I wanted for Christmas at age 10! I longed to get back on the street, boardwalk and trails. It was then that I knew I was a runner. Now I am back running and eagerly look forward to my running days when I am in the fresh air moving along in my own world!


I knew I was a runner when a friend introduced me as the "runner". I had to stop and think about that. I had never looked at myself as a "runner". I just knew that I loved to run. He always asks me how "the running is going" and "how far did you run this week." I'm proud!

when I got injured

I realized that I was a runner after I got injured and *couldn't* run. I was so upset that I realized I was a real runner now! Previously, it would have been a good excuse to stop!

I woke up thinking "I get to run today"

I knew I was a runner the first time I woke up in the morning saying to myself "I get to run today," simply because yesterday was my rest day and today was my running day. Now I wake up saying that to myself every running day. I am hooked on running.
—Guest Dave

Spending money on running shoes

After 44 years doing NO exercise at all, I started running to shut up a work colleague who was constantly trying to get me to run with her. I had lost 4 stone and wow, I found that not only COULD I run, I actually enjoyed it! The day I bought my first pair of running shoes (and could tell how "different" they felt to my ordinary trainers) I knew I was a runner.
—Guest Sarah

life time love affair

I started little aths when I was eight and at 12 moved on to senior aths as the youngest one there. (Team photos always looked funny as there were 18-year-old boys and a 12-year-old girl with pigtails arm-in-arm.) I took myself for runs and training, and did extra strength work. My friend asked me what an average week was for me. I responded with a jam-packed training schedule and he said, "So you're like a runner?" I was surprised because I had never thought of myself like that before. I thought about it later that day on a run. Somebody yelled out, "Run Forrest Run" to me and I then proceeded to pick up my pace a bit more. Then I realized he was right: I was a runner. I am now introduced to people by my friends as, "She is the runner I told you about. Remember?" They say, "She dosn't look insane." I couldn't be happier. :)
—Guest born to run

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