Recently, Active.com posted a slideshow article titled Milestones Every Serious Runner Should Reach. I nearly threw up in my mouth a little reading it.
I realized early on that by ‘Serious’, they may have meant ‘Competitive.’ But even then, this article seems so backwards from what I have always loved about the running community….we are accepting of EVERYONE. To make the assumption that you’re not a serious runner if you don’t run a marathon, run X number of miles, etc. is just ridiculous.
What is a serious runner? To me, a serious runner is someone who feels so connected with the sport that it has become part of their inner being. They can’t imagine life without running.
- Your pace doesn’t matter.
- The distance you run doesn’t matter. Most of the points this list went over made it sound like if you’ve never run a marathon, you’re not serious about running. 🙄
- You don’t need to have black toe nails, but if you do you might want to get re-fitted for a new pair of shoes.😝
- You can be competitive with yourself or be a serious runner and never do ANY of the things on the list. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.
To me if you run, you’re a runner. If you can’t imagine life without running, you’re serious 😜. Yes, some of the “milestones” listed most people would consider a big deal. However, it doesn’t make someone any more or less ‘serious’ of a runner.