Is the definition of "runner" subjective or objective? If I'm not a runner then who is a runner?
The definition I found online goes like this:
run-ner: noun 1. A person who runs, esp. in a specified way: "a fast runner".
2. A person who runs competitively as a sport or hobby: "a marathon runner"
According to that definition, I am a runner because I run as a hobby. Usually in races.
But according to Pearl Izumi I am most definitely not a runner. (Follow link to see a rather pompous definition of a runner.)
But according to John Bingham (the Penguin) I am a runner: "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."
And: "I am a runner because I run. Not because I run fast. I am a runner because I say I am. And no one can tell me I'm not."
I'd like to know what you think makes someone a runner.
Is it the frequency of running? Is it the pace? Is it a race entry? Is it the distance? Is it running without walking at all? Is it the shoes? Is it being able to run a specific distance without stopping?
I'm not a huge fan of labels because along with a label comes everything attached to that label. All of the baggage.
One of my favorite astrophysicists, Neil deGrasse Tyson, put it this way regarding labels: "The moment when someone attaches to a philosophy or a movement, then they assign all the baggage and all the rest of the philosophy that goes with it to you, and when you want to have a conversation they will assert that they already know everything important there is to know about you because of that association. ...... I don’t have the time, the interest, the energy to do any of that."
So while I really don't care if I carry the label of runner or not, I'd love to know what others think makes someone a runner just because these kinds of things interest me.
I'll be the first to tell you that I have not trained like a runner should these past few months. BUT it hasn't kept me from going out there and enjoying each and every race. I'm not first but I'm not last and I have loved it. I've loved it so much that I have the whole family doing a race together on my 22nd Anniversary tomorrow.
In other news, all of the running discussion gave me the itch to go for a run on Wednesday. :)
It was an easy 4.1 miler. I did use walk/run intervals because that's what makes me happy. My running paces were actually pretty decent! At least for me.
Before going for the run, I rode my bike 6.05 miles.
Fun picture playing with the solarizing feature on the phone. Coooool.
Tuesday was a 10.5 mile bike ride. Beautiful day despite my allergies giving me hell.
Thursday was a busy, busy day so I had to split it into two rides for a total of 12 miles. More fun with the camera.
Show and tell time! Meet Sawyer. He adores Rachel.
He's very playful, cuddly and very loud! They're playing tug with a straw.
Sawyer looking FABulous in peach this season.
Tomorrow is my 22nd wedding anniversary. Time sure does fly when you're having fun! As a family we're doing an easy 5k and Sunday Chuck and I will run/walk a half marathon. If we can do 10 miles, we can do a half marathon. This will be our second one this year!
**Please leave a comment and let me know how you define a runner. I'm curious.
Speed? Frequency? Mileage? etc
Have a GREAT weekend.