Obviously, my friend is a runner. He sees the benefits of running in his own life. He's lean and mean and in great shape. He has plenty of energy and is in great health.
I'm a runner, too, obviously. I love to run and think it's the greatest exercise known to man. I try to convince all of my friends to run with me. I've actually managed to convince a few. It's so exciting to see someone run their first race and get all jazzed up about their accomplishments.
However, I really don't think running is for everyone. Some people will always hate the run. They might go out there and get the health benefits, lose weight, etc., but mentally, they feel murderous. I think that if the majority of your running is spent thinking "what the hell am I doing out here???" running probably isn't for you.
I DO believe that everyone should exercise, but I think you should find something that you actually enjoy. If you want to kill yourself at the thought of running, maybe cycling is a better bet.
I used to believe that I wasn't a runner and I measured my worth on distance. I believed that when I could tackle a certain number of miles, that meant I was a runner. I changed my mind. I think no matter how far you run, if you think of running as a punishment or a chore, you are not a runner. You exercise.
However, if you love everything about running (you're allowed to have terrible murderous runs every once in a while) no matter what the distance, you are a runner.
Do you think everyone should run?
What is your definition of a runner?