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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>
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>
Any thoughts?
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<b>Pacer</b>, considering how fast you are, this may be true. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" 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="" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
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