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There have been several moments this year since I decided to take running "seriously" that have made me feel more like a proper runner.
Before July I ran 5km twice a week at most, but for reasons I still don't completely understand, I decided to make a proper effort.
Since then I have have done my first 10km race (apart from one I did about 10 years ago so I don't count that), my first Half Marathon, and my first Great South Run.
At each step it has felt like I was more a proper runner. From getting my first race number to running my first 10Km, all the way to finishing the Great South Run.
However, last week my company sent me to Brussels for 5 weeks. So I packed my running shoes, found a local park, and have clocked up 35 miles so far around it.
For some reason being abroad and still keeping my training going seems to top everything else in the "I feel like a proper runner" stakes.
So what makes one a proper runner?