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I don't remember where they were posted, but I had a thought about the definitions we came up with yesterday. (Yesterday? Yeah, yesterday. I think.)<br><br>
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I'd like to suggest separating Fitness Runner from Recreational Runner. The Recreational Runner definition was something like <i>runs for fitness but doesn't really like running; might sign up for a 10K race, train for a month, do the race, and then not run again for however long.</i><br><br>
To me, those are two different people. I'm a former Fitness Runner. I did it just for fitness, for a cardio alternative to the elliptical or stationary bike, for the health benefits of it -- maybe 2-3 times per month, maybe 3 miles each time. Half an hour on the treadmill. I would <i>never</i> have attempted a 10K (or even a 5K unless I was running more regularly than a Fitness Runner by my definition).<br><br>
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Sounds fair enough... I don't generally like to stereotype people at all... so I'm fine with just calling people runners <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Here's how I classify people:<br>
People that are as fast or slower than me are runners<br>
People that are faster than me are cheaters and dopers
 

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<b>Pacer</b>, considering how fast you are, this may be true. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
What I like about <b>Theia's</b> definition is that it has nothing to do with speed or even how many miles a week you run, but <i>effort</i> and <i>consistency</i>.<br><br>
Do you sense that people somewhat know if they can call themselves "runners"? I note a subtlety between those who say that they run, or did run in a race, and those who identify themselves as a runner.<br><br>
I think the first time I knew I could say I was a runner was long after my first road race; it was when I realized I would run in almost any weather, sometimes stupidly so. The only thing that changed was what I wore and how far I was going.<br><br>
I'm not trying to be elitist; runners at the back of the pack are still runners--if you are out there doing it and you work at it, then it counts in my book. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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From Websters<br><br>
Main Entry: run·ner<br><br>
Function: <i>noun</i><br>
Date: 14th century 1 a<b>:</b> one that runs <b>:</b> <a href="http://www.webster.com/dictionary/racer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF;">racer</span></a> b<b>:</b> <a href="http://www.webster.com/dictionary/base+runner" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF;">base runner</span></a> c<b>:</b> <a href="http://www.webster.com/dictionary/ballcarrier" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF;">ballcarrier</span></a><br><br>
From Wikipedia<br><br>
Noun<br>
Singular<br><b>run</b><br>
Plural<br><b><a href="http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/runs" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF;">runs</span></a></b><br><br><b>run</b> (<i>plural</i> <b><a href="http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/runs" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF;">runs</span></a></b>)
<ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>The act of running.<i>I just got back from my <b>run</b>.</i></li>
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6. A <a href="http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pace" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF;">pace</span></a> faster than a <a href="http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/walk" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF;">walk</span></a>.
<ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li><i>He broke into a <b>run</b>.</i></li>
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It doesnt really matter what noun or adjective you insert prior to the word runner, in the end, the term runner means the same thing.<br><br>
The above .02 comes from a slightly overweight, mid to back of the pack <i>runner.</i><br><br>
As John Bingham says "<i>Waddle on Friends" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"></i>
 
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