“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.”

Thanks to social media, status has never been more important. We share what we’re doing, what we’re eating, even our relationship status, all on a regular basis. Long before our social media status consumed our daily thoughts, there was another status that plagued many people’s thoughts – runner status.

For some reason, running was thought of as a sort of elite club that some felt they weren’t part of. I see running as the opposite; it’s a community, a family. Like-minded people who always cheer on one another and share an oddly special bond. Yet, even in this supportive community, I’ve heard many people question their “status” as a runner.

Runner: Oh I’m not really a runner.
Me: Do you run?
Runner: Well yeah – but it’s not like I’ve ever done a big race or anything.

Stop – no buts or excuses. You answered yes. Sorry to break it to you, but you are a runner.

Great so now we’ve got that established. But if you’re still unsure or questioning your runner status, I offer you 10 signs you might be a runner.

You might be a runner if…

1. You see someone running when you’re out for a drive and wish you were running too.

All this, courtesy one run.

This entire pile of laundry brought to you by one run.

2. Your laundry is at least 75% workout clothes.

3. Your post-long run snack is a glass of chocolate milk. And a doughnut. And an orange. And you’re already thinking about what you’re going to have for lunch in an hour.

4. Your watch cost more than your iPad mini.

5. You use coupons, comparison shop and love scoring a deal – yet you’re willing to pay $120 for a pair of running shoes without a second thought.

6. You race the person on the treadmill next to you at the gym.

7. You are now or at one time have been missing at least one toenail – and realize that it’s not a big deal.

8. You understand negative splits have nothing to do with porn star-esque flexibility.

9. You eagerly go to bed at 9:30 on a Friday night.

10. You think 50 degrees and overcast sounds like a fantastic weather forecast.

For more, there’s a Twitter account dedicated to this topic: @UMightBeaRunner, and hashtag #ymbar.

You know you’ve got more to add and I want to hear them! Comment or tweet me @runlikeagirl311.


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