Sunday, November 30, 2008

You Know You Are a Runner When ...

Admin note: Recycled from my old blog (originally posted March 2006) - and originally discovered on the blog of another runner.

* you spit.
* you have been spit on, and not cared.
* you know carbs are good.
* you have a warm up mix.
* you know the amount of time to digest before you run.
* you know what PR's are.
* you get mad when people dont know what a 400 is, or any distance for that matter.
* you own more running shoes than regular shoes.
* you enjoy running in the rain.
* theres no such thing as too much pasta.
* you can remember a time from a race 4 years ago, but you can't remember your friend's birthdays.
* you know your resting heart rate, maximum heart rate, and exactly what your heart rate is at all parts of your run.
* you love shoes...running shoes.
* you won't drive by any running store without a quick look inside.
* you know exactly how far a kilometer is.
* you read each month's issue of Runner's World cover to cover within 24 hours.
* you drive by a golf course and think what a nice place it would be to run.
* you know splits are something that not only cheerleaders care about.
* your friends know to never call you after 8:30 at night.
* you get up earlier to run on the weekends than you do for school/work.
* you think that the inventor of Powerbar should have his likeness engraved on Mount Rushmore.
* you have hundreds of safety pins scattered around your house.
* you have more T-shirts than a souvenir shop.
* you can't wait for your next birthday so you move into a new age group.
* you check out the running stores for the new styles.
* you know that cotton is not the best fabric for running!
* someone asks you how your run was, you go into a 10 minutes description of every factor of it.
* you could watch a whole marathon and not be bored.
* you think of distances in terms of mile repeats.
* you don't care what the temperature is, 0 and snow or 100 and 100% humidity.
* you can convert miles to km and back in your head in a second.
* people think you disappear into the woods.
* when someone asks you what you did today, you respond with a number.
* you run 2 miles for practice and tell your coach that was a nice warm-up.
* you've mastered the evil eye to give to all competitors before a big race.
* you can eat almost anything and the pounds never show (and your non-running buddies hate you for this).
* you enjoy racing your shadow.
* your wardrobe consists of at least 1/2 race/school team t-shirts.
* your "nice" shoes are your new running shoes.
* you've considered calling your child speedy, prefontaine, bowerman, bullet, unna, olympia, etc.
* you drink water as quickly as a fat child eats cake.
* you look dumbfounded when everyone asks you how long a marathon is. (26.2 miles... duh).
* you don't blink an eye at $100 for running shoes, but you have to think about $100 for any other shoes.
* you save bib numbers in a scrap book.
* you know to the hundreth of a mile how far it is around your neighborhood.
* you don't even bother to use your car to get to nearby stores.
* you look at other people's running shoes to see if they really can tell.
* any parking spot is never too far away.
* you know when all the latest running shoes are to come out-you spend way too much time shopping for socks.
* you know every runner in your community.
* you run a mile in school, you finish at least a lap before everyone else.
* all you can talk about was your run from the day before.
* you think frisbee is the ultimate workout.
* you have a running blog and religiously read running blogs of your friends (most of whom you've never met).
* you check the finish times for your running blog friends and cheer for them states away.
* you have the ability to pee while you run (more for the elite, but still).
* you don't mind squatting behind a bush to relieve yourself during a long run.

My additions:
* you have to convince your significant other that the pain you experience will pass.
* you actually enjoy pushing a double stroller (with the kids in it) up hills.
* you plan your vacations around race events.
* you find yourself upping the anty (a little farther, a little faster...).


  1. LMAO! Oooooo I so can relate to many of these EXCEPT for the AG thing. NO WAY do I want to bump up to the 30-35. All too hardcore for me ;-)

  2. This is a great post! Great addition about the planning vacations around races (I'm surprised that wasn't in the original part).

  3. How about, You ocasionally go into your closet and look at all your worn out pairs of running shoes.


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