In some way's it sounds like a silly question. But it really isn't, many runners both new and old want to know when is it time they can feel they can say certain words, or in some cases when they can feel it. When can they call themselves a runner? When will they know they are successful at running?
The truth is, that is only an answer you can give yourself. Everyone has different goals and objectives. But none is less acceptable than the other. You can be as great or as bad as you want to be, that is the beauty of it. It all comes down to YOUR choice and how YOU decide to handle excuses, training and any obstacles that come your way.
The minute you decide to lace up your shoes and head out the door, you can call yourself a runner.
Or it's after you've run your first race, second race or fiftieth race you can have the title.
There are many things people say, but there is one fact. It doesn't matter what others say, what matters is WHAT YOU BELIEVE.
Do you believe in yourself?
You're successful if you never give up!
You're successful if you learn from your failures.
You can call yourself a runner whether you head out the door and run 20 feet or 20 miles.
You can call yourself a runner if you support other runners, as well as remain positive and confident in yourself!
You can call yourself a runner if you are trying your best, even if your best feels like everyone else worst.
You're a successful runner as long as you believe you are, want to be and try to be!
The truth is, it doesn't matter if you come in first or if you come in last. The fact that YOUR TRYING that is one of the key building blocks of success. It's also the thing no one can take from you unless you let them. Which is why it is beyond important to never compare yourself to others. Make your own goal, shoot for your own dreams!
If you want to be a better, faster or stronger runner. You can be! The true difference between the faster and stronger runners and those that aren't is the time, dedication, training and miles put into it. Its just like the saying, you get what you give. If you want success, give it your all and you will get it!
The most important thing, is never let others put you down. It's a fact of life, someone will always be in the shadows trying to do just this. But confidence is the key, if you are confident and happy with the efforts your putting through. Anything said to you to push you down will fail, because you'll have the confidence and self knowledge of your own success to brush them aside and head down the road to accomplishing your dreams!
Tell me one of your running success stories?
Do you believe in what your doing, are you confident in yourself?