You are a runner...
You are a runner...when you crave running.
I started running to get fit, lose weight, and get a better pair of legs. But over the years, running evolved from just a physical activity to something I need just like air and water.
On a pretty regular basis, I find that even when my legs don't need a run my mind does. Just yesterday, my brain was plotting out a long, flat, easy course so my legs could take it on an hour of mindless running to work through questions at work and to do lists at home. It seems like the wheels of my mind turn easier when my legs are also turning over during a good run.
And then on other days, when too many days have gone by without a run, I feel my legs just itch to get out there and move.
When I tell someone I need to run, it usually isn't because I have a run on my training plan, but instead because I need to run to recharge, reorganize, relax and rejuvenate. That is the reason I crave running and also the reason I know that I am definitely a runner.
Picture by me - The famous "I am a runner" bracelet from Runners Lounge. Since the fall when we launched the Lounge, Tom and I have given away thousands of "I am a runner" bracelets to runners who proudly proclaim their runningness.