YES, I am a runner


After reading Jen’s Tuesday Testimonial (, it got me thinking.  When did I start saying, “I am a runner?”  I can’t put my finger on it but it happened.

I’ve written umpteen blogs about not feeling like a runner.  I never understood why I felt this way.  I was walking the walk and talking the talk but it was a while before I was confident enough to say, “I am a runner.”  There’s such a false idea that we have in regards to what a runner looks like.  All runners are tall, beautiful, and skinny.  They never get red-faced, rarely sweat, and they certainly never smell bad.  They’re all super fast and have also run all of their lives.  Right?  No?  Hmmm, that’s what I thought for years 😉

I think it was after I ran my first marathon that I started calling myself a runner.  Looking back, that’s nuts.  I was a runner 11 years ago when I couldn’t run for miles and miles.  I just didn’t realize it yet.  I thought I had to meet all that criteria I listed above.

I wasn’t born a runner.  I’m certainly not tall and skinny.  My face turns the color of a tomato in a nano second.  My asthma makes me sound like I am always on the verge of passing out.  I sweat like a pig.  I’m slow and will never win any races.  But, you know what?  I am a runner!

Are you running?  Have you run this week?  This month?  You, too, are a runner 🙂



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