She was right...
- My girlfriend pointed it out to me I guess. I had been running on and off for a couple of years but had solidly for about three years before we met. When I would get out of bed after being out late and run in the cold or heat she started telling people I was a runner. I was just doing what I wanted to do. She was right, I am a runner. :)
- —Guest BnNC
- I knew I was a runner when the first thing I put in consideration when house hunting is the location of a nearby park or any running tracks.
- —Guest Moi
"I'm a runner"
- I first started calling myself a runner after I had run/walked a couple of 5Ks then set my goal to run a 5K with no walk breaks. Doing all of those "public" runs required training and the discipline to run often--I was 67 years old and had been walking, doing weights and yoga for several years but was restless to do more. Once I knew I could do run a full 5K, I became a committed "runner"--I still wake up every morning thinking, "what's my running goal for today?" That, and the follow up run, seems to me to confirm that I am "a runner."
- —Guest Roberta
Bigger than my cigarette addiction
- I have just gotten a divorce and wanted to quit smoking. Running calmed my nerves, relieved my anxiety and gave me a piece of mind. It worked better than my cigarettes. The money I would spend on smokes I spent on a new pair of running shoes. No run, no fun.
- —Guest JoAnne
- One day I was out running in freezing cold conditions, terrible wind, rain and some snow as well. It was in the middle of the afternoon but the weather was so bad the streets were deserted. When I saw a couple of guys out running as well and we nodded and smiled at each other. It just hit me there and then that I was actually a runner. Felt great!
- —Guest Jamie
after my first 5k
- Last year I ran my first 5k. I loved it. Developed a passion for running. Recently ran my first half marathon. I consider running a part of my life style.
- —Guest keith
Since I could walk!
- I've always been a runner. My parents, my uncles and aunts, my little brother, all my family are runners. Some of my earliest memories are of travelling to races to support them. I inevitably joined a club when I was 6, which was the youngest I could join at. I became a runner from the very moment I began to walk. I am now 15 and have competed nationally and internationally, and I believe that anyone can be a runner if they are willing to put in the effort.
- —Guest Ciara
- It was after completing my 4th Half Marathon within 12 months that I realized it is not a fluke. I CAN run. I DO like it. I AM a runner.
- —Guest Laura
Running when I didn't "have" to...
- I knew I was a runner when I was in the Army during advanced training. I started trail running on the weekends with my Drill Sgts for fun (even though we ran during the weekend a minimum of 3 miles / 3 x a week)...no stress, just a nice 6 mile run through the woods and I looked forward to it!!!!
- —Guest taterranova
Snow sleet and ice
- I still can't quite run three miles, but I found my pace (with the help of a heart rate monitor) and will be there soon. I started feeling like a runner as soon as I got off the treadmill which was boring me to death and started running outside. I run around downtown starting between 5:30 and 6:00 am. It is so beautiful that time of the day. It's winter so I run in snow, sleet, ice and sub zero temps. I love running past people at that time in those conditions and getting "you are nuts" look. I also get a big smile whenever I make eye contact with another runner in a blizzard and so do they. It's an adventure!!! And built in air conditioning!
- —Guest Corbs
- I picked up running for fitness and as a sport. I'm on the 3 weeks to a 30 minute running program. Ever since I completed my first run on the 1st, I could tell I was on my way onto becoming a proper runner. I'm also addicted. In the past I have run through snow, ice, shine and rain along with everything else.
- —Guest Nemo
When it got me out of bed in the morning
- I ran in the morning for about a year in college, on a whim. After a while I got lazy, stayed up late, and didn't bother getting up anymore to run. Last month I started back in. It was painful at first -- as I knew it would be -- but a week ago I realized I was actually getting excited about my next run and where it would take me. When I worked until 2AM one morning and still got up at 6:15 to hit the road; that's when it hit me. I am a runner. Slow, but a runner nonetheless.
- —Guest Peter
- I didn't even realize I considered myself a runner until I really thought about it one day. But I guess it happened when running became a habit and not a chore, when I no longer felt awkward running, and when I could see the difference in my legs and muscles (I got toned!).
- —Guest Keslu
- I first realized I was a runner in the summer before freshman year of high school when I completed my first workout. I did mile repeats and I wanted to be on varsity SO bad that I did whatever the older guys did and it killed me! When I got home I went to walk up the stairs and just laid there because I was so exhausted. Till this day that is still the best feeling I have ever felt! It wad a mix of tired,accomplished, beast, and becoming a new man... I will never forget my first practice.
- —Guest RyanXC
joining active army rangers goal
- I realized that running would initially get me into better shape for extra training like pushups and situps. My goal is to join active duty army next August 2011 and go 101st airborne and attempt to become an Army Ranger. Running is a MUST that I need to accomplish to even get into the U.S. Army. =-)
- —Guest j.d