April 22, 2014
So the secret to being a proper runner is….
Wait for it….
…If you run, if you move your feet one after the other faster than walking pace and with a little bit of space between your trainers and the floor…guess what??
YOU ARE ALREADY A PROPER RUNNER
There is no secret, well not one that I know off anyway.
A post on my facebook page earlier today read “just entered the vlm2015 ballot, does that make me a proper runner”
What the hell is a “proper runner” anyway? and why are we so obsessed with the concept of it?
Wikipedia sets it out like this…
Running is a means of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. It is simply defined in athletics terms as a gait in which at regular points during the running cycle both feet are off the ground. This is in contrast to walking, where one foot is always in contact with the ground
So if you move rapidly (and even that is down to interpretation) and have moments where both feet are off the ground then you are a runner, a PROPER runner.
I get it though…I am sure at some point I have thought of myself in that way, like I am a fraud of some sort…too slow, too fat, not having the right kit, not having great technique, not understanding the lingo, it all plays a part.
But who are we looking for acceptance from?
Is there an OFSTED of running somewhere, an all seeing ORACLE perhaps who makes the assesment of our running endeavours and annoints us either a PROPER runner, or not? Who is it that decides our fate?
Well thats easy.
The moment you decide you are a PROPER runner, the second you decide that you couldn’t care a less what others think, when you realise it is not the speed, the distance, the intensity or frequency of your runs that counts, but merely the fact you are doing it in the first place…well then my friend YOU ARE A PROPER RUNNER!!
So go RUN will ya