the other day I was at the doctor's office for a checkup and she asked what I do for exercise.
I told her that I run 4-6 days a week- sometimes every day.
She then said, "oh, so you're a runner!"
My first reaction was to correct her and say, "no no, not a runner- just like to run!"
I don't understand why I didn't think of myself as a "runner". I mean, I lace up almost on a daily basis, have run road races and half marathons, and I still didn't identify as a runner.
I AM a runner though.
Yeah so I don't do 8 minute miles.
and yeah, so my running attire isn't always posh or stylish.
my form isn't perfect.
I am far from competitive.
but I run,
and because I run and I like it and it helps keep me sane,
I think it is finally time for me to admit that I am, in fact, a runner.
it is my thing. it is what I do.
it is something that my body craves if I go more than 2 days without it.
it is a stress release.
a mood lifter.
I am a runner!
I guess I've learned that to call yourself something- be it a dancer, yogi, ball player, rower- whatever it may be, you don't need to be perfect at it, or the best. You just need to need it. to love it. to enjoy spending time in the day doing it.
so in case you're like me, and you're afraid to call yourself a runner (or whatever it is you do), let go and just be!