As runners, we don't throw around these words randomly - they are like an coveted award. The hesitation in granting ourselves this title isn't because of what we have achieved but more around what we believe we haven't done or should do.
In these stories, the runners awarded this honored badge to themselves for many unique reasons. The common thread in the stories is that they run and they have recognized a change in themselves because of running. Somewhere along the way it changed from merely an activity to a piece of who they are now.
If you run, you are a runner. It remains this simple to me. Your goals may take time to accomplish. The changes you hope for can take even longer. It is about the activity as much as it is a state of mind. If you are on the journey, then you are a runner. Welcome yourself to the club, have a seat, tell your story. There is no secret handshake or password. I promise to waive the membership fees and you don't have to use the podium.