For as long as I can remember my mum has gone through phases or running and then not running so much. But she has always owned a pair of running shoes some running gear and she has always followed other runners. At the moment she seems pretty keen on Dr Andrew Murray for inspiration.
However, when I asked her she said she has never felt that she is a ‘runner’ she has run yes, she runs a lot yes, she takes part in races yes. So why doesn’t she see herself as a runner and more to the point why up until recently have I not seen myself as a runner?
I have always felt more of a wannabe runner. Perhaps it’s my lack of expensive gear (until I invested some money into decent stuff), perhaps some unimpressive split times, perhaps because we didn’t keep going to an athletics club with all those ‘proper’ club runners.
Whatever the reason I now understand that the only thing that makes a runner a runner is that a runner simply runs regardless of distance and time.