Am I a Real Runner? A Practical Test.

There seems to be some confusion about what constitutes a real runner. Do you run? Are you a real person (or do you just play one on TV)? Seems pretty straightforward to me. I developed this practical test for you to determine if you qualify as a "real" runner. Please take the test and let me know your results. 

 Are you a real runner? Take this test to find out. Save to your favorite fitness Pinterest board for later.

Are you a real runner? Take this test to find out. Save to your favorite fitness Pinterest board for later.

You see, some people seem to think if they run, but they don't run really fast, then they don't qualify as a real runner. Others think if they run, but they've never run a marathon, or even a 5K then they must not be a real runner. I've heard people say that because they think they don't look like a runner they're not quite ready to call themselves a runner. Yet, what does a runner look like? The runners that I've seen come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and nationalities. A runner looks like a person moving one foot in front of the other. 

My favorite running quote from John Bingham.

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If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.
— John Bingham
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I often hear someone say ‘I’m not a real runner.’ We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner.
— Bart Yasso

Please don't let self-doubt, negative thinking or even worse, some jerk on the internet tell you that you're not a real runner. 

In case there is still any confusion about what qualifies as a real runner:

If you only run on the treadmill, you're still a real runner
If you run a pace slower than (insert arbitrary pace here) you're still a real runner
If you take walk breaks, you're still a real runner
If running isn't the main focus of your training, you're still a real runner
If you run less than (insert arbitrary miles here) a week you're still a real runner
If you don't participate in organized races, you're still a real runner
If you don't have a slim body type, you're still a real runner
If you always run alone, you're still a real runner
If you only run with friends, you're still a real runner
If someone tells you that you're not a real runner? Well, guess what? You're still a real runner. 

If you are a real person that runs, then you're a runner. 

Got it? Good. Now get to it. 

Hungry for more? Download my free Running A-to-Z Guide for new runners.

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