30 Aug '16, 5am

All beginners want to know, at what point do you become a real runner?

All beginners want to know, at what point do you become a real runner?

My answer is “oh heavens, YES!" By all means you are a runner! Calling yourself a "runner" is based on nothing else but a love of running that leads to an active pursuit of running, regardless of run pace, run distances, weekly mileage totals, races, or even length of time running. In your case, you know the exact number of weeks you have been training and have a training log. You have 6 races under your belt, which average out to a race about every 6 weeks! You have tackled distances from a 5K to a half marathon and now you have a time goal in mind for your next race. Your 5K time of 25:25 predicts a 2:00 half marathon, so you are certainly within reach of your goal. What is the expression...if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, then it must be a duck? Yes, you are a "runner". Your enthusiasm and running goals are exciting. Please be sure you allow adequate recovery...

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