Wednesday, September 28, 2016

You Know You're a Runner When

I get lots of emails with running articles, races, things for sale and I have to say that MOST of the time, I don't read them.  I know, shame on me.  Today though, one from Active actually caught my eye - You Know You're a Runner When. You can click on the link and I promise it's short, mostly witty one liners with funny pictures about the crazy things we runners do.  And that got me thinking about that moment we realize we are runners.  For me, there have been a few signs over the years, among them:

1. When I started stockpiling running shoes once I found that "perfect" one.
2. When I started arranging trips to see my family around races (thankfully, they're runners).
3. When friends stopped asking me to do things on Friday nights because Saturday long runs were the priority.  Planning your social life around running is totally normal right?
4. When I actually thought about which medals I would prioritize removing from my house if it was on fire (after I got my animals out of course).
5. When I was injured and experienced major jealousy watching people run on a treadmill at the gym.


I've sent messages or talked to people I've coached at pivotal moments telling them, "you are officially a runner."  Those reasons are varied (and usually funny):

1. When one person described their injury as "just a little tendinitis" that she was totally able to run through.
2.  When NOTHING is off limits to talk about during a run, including bodily functions.
3. When we have planned the next race while running a race.
4. When they have realized that carb loading isn't REALLY necessary the night before a 5k (but it sure is fun).
5. When the weather no longer dictates their outdoor activities.  Bring it rain!

I guess all of these quirks are why they say running is more of a lifestyle than an activity.  And once you're hooked, there's no looking back!

So when did you realize that you were a runner?
What's the best/weirdest thing about being part of the running tribe?

10 comments:

  1. This is funny and I can relate to alot of them. People that don't run just don't get it!

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  2. I laughed about prioritizing your medals in case of a fire. That's one I have not done but now you have me thinking..lol. -M

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    1. You know, a girl has to be prepared :) They say that "stuff" can be replaced, but my medals just aren't "stuff!"

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  3. TOO FUNNY and all so true. You know your a runner when you know where every potty is on your long run ( and you have tried them all out!!). You have also learned this lesson the hard way BYOTP (bring your own TP).

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    1. Oh my gosh, so right! And what runner hasn't had potty issues??? I'm actually amazed at the things I have had to learn the hard way with running. Wonder if that means we runners tend to be a little stubborn too :)

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  4. Haha this is great! I admit that I still avoid running in the rain, but that might change this weekend. The forecast doesn't look great, and I have an 8 mile run and an 18 mile run to fit in. Not doing either of those on the treadmill!

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    1. The most I have ever done on a treadmill is 15 miles ... and even that was broken up. I've definitely had to make my peace with the rain, but I'm with you and avoid it whenever possible! Good luck with your big runs!

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  5. I knew I was a runner when I started hearing music on the radio and evaluated it based on whether it would be a good add to my running play list!!!

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    1. That's a great one! I'm always looking for new running playlist songs (no slow songs for me please). In fact this reminds me that I really need to download a few more ... I may have to do a post about the best songs to run to so that everyone can give me ideas!

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