How do you know you're a "real runner"?
Personally, I give a very broad definition. If you lace up your shoes and head out on a fairly regular basis, you're a real runner.
It doesn't matter if you're fast or slow. If you run 2 miles or 20. If you race every weekend or have never crossed a finish line.
But I'm sure part of that is based on me. Because I'm not a marathoner. I'm not running sub 2 hour halfs. And my running is relegated to, well running.
I know so many other runners that eat, breathe, sleep running. They read running books. They listen to running podcasts. They watch movies about running.
Which makes me wonder, and is probably the impetus of the post - a type of reaffirmation that I'm still a "real runner."
But I also think that motivation plays a part in this. For me, running is therapy. A form of stress relief. It is, in itself, my form of escape. It doesn't matter if I'm good or bad, because that doesn't impact what I get out of it. And I don't get that same self-feedback from books, podcasts, or movies. Each of them just serves as another method of escape.
Do you consider yourself a "real runner"?
What's your motivation in running?
Do you pursue running related media?