The question is, how fast do you have to be, to call yourself a Runner rather than a Jogger? For someone like me who never seems to do any great distance faster than 10-minute-mile pace, and in which every single candid "race" photo makes me look like I'm out for a somewhat sweaty walk, the topic is extremely pertinent.
The columnist's answer surprised and comforted me, and I'm hereby adopting the viewpoint that running is about attitude, rather than speed...
- If you're out to accomplish something, you're probably a runner.
- If you're seeking to improve in some way (no matter what your starting point), you're a runner.
- If you haul yourself out of a cozy bed before daylight, because it's important you don't miss a session (even if that session is 3 miles which take you 33 minutes), you're certainly a runner.
- If you sulk when you get injured and get antsy not lacing up your shoes for a week, then you're most definitely a runner.
What do you think? Does speed matter, or is it all a state of mind?
Image thanks: Mike Lockett