Hey fellow new runners -
I've heard a lot of runners disclaiming that although they run, often, enthusiastically, even miles at a time without stopping, that they're not real runners. And I just wanted to say you ARE a real runner. What does fake running even LOOK like? Walking? If you only walk, then you're a walker. But if you run, even if you're taking walking breaks, I think you're a runner. I think it's great to think "I'd feel like a more serious runner if I accomplished this goal" and go for it. That's wonderful. But feeling like you're not a runner, or that there's a separate class of people who are "real" runners and you'll probably never get there undermines the accomplishments you've made by getting out there and running.
So get out there and run fun
(you can read more about being a real runner on my motivational blog for other new runners like me, http://www.iamrunningthis.com)
I write a running blog geared towards motivating runners of any pace or distance at http://www.iamrunningthis.com!
Couch to 5K graduate, September 2012
First 10K, June 2nd, 2013
First Half Marathon, September 2013
Training for my 7th half marathon, May 2016 and first Triathlon, Tri for a Cure, July 2016.