I like to consider myself a runner now. I'm on Week 7 of the program, do my runs on the treadmill at mostly a 4.6 pace (about a 13 minute mile) and can complete 25 minutes. Yet lots of people look at my pace and say "It's okay.. speed will come with time, then you'll really be a runner"... Do I really need to get much faster to be considered a runner? Maybe in time my body will condition to the point where I'll want to pick up the pace, but right now I'm proud of my 13 minute mile.. and I want to say I'm a runner, cause in my book if I'm not walking, I'm running. I'm much faster than my husband who is snoring on the couch..
What are your thoughts about pace and when you considered yourself a runner?