Do you get that question? I do. It usually comes up with people I happen to tell that I like to run or I'm going for a run. They say, "Oh, so are you a big runner?" Or something along those lines.
What is your response? Mine is usually short like, "yup." And then they usually reply with "oh cool." I often want to justify me being a runner like saying what races I've done or what pace I run at, but that just takes too much time and who really wants to know that? So I keep it simple, "yup, I run."
Why are these questions awkward? It is the same as someone asking me "do you snowboard?" or "do you play soccer?" but for some reason the running question makes me feel uncomfortable. Often after I say that I'm a runner they respond with their personal relationship with running which is usually a bad one (I need to run more, I should run more, etc.) and that in it of itself is awkward. I think things like, "well if you SHOULD run more, then do it" but I'm not gonna say that to their face). I'm always left giving simple (yet sound) advice like, "start slow and build from there."
I am NOT a running expert, I just like to run and I know what has worked for me over the past year or so, so I feel slightly odd giving someone running advice.
The conversation usually ends with that piece of advice and we go our separate ways. I leave the conversation with that awkward feeling I mentioned above, but also feeling proud.
Proud that I AM A RUNNER.