Most of my life, I only ran if someone chased me. I didn’t ‘get’ people who intentionally went out and ran… nowhere in particular. But now that I’ve fallen in love with the sport, I have learned the native language and customs. I GET it.
So recently I’ve been noticing, reading and collecting some small quirks and quips that are pretty innate to runners. I’ll add more as they come to me or I find them. So now, in no particular order, is my official “YOU KNOW YOU ARE A RUNNER IF…” list:
YOU KNOW YOU ARE A RUNNER IF:
#1 You talk about running to anyone who will listen… and sometimes those who don’t.
#2 You see someone running while you are driving and you get jealous.
#3 You can’t find time to clean the __________ (fill in the blank) but you can squeeze in a run.
#4 The word ‘Garmin’ in casual conversation makes you blush.
#5 You play/train in other sports just to get better at running.
#6 You’ve ever said “I only ran 5 miles today”
#7 You get up earlier on weekends than weekdays to run or race.
#8 You get offended if someone says they saw you ‘jogging’
#9 Your running shoes cost more than your work shoes.
#10 You get grumpy when you see/meet someone wearing coveted/expensive running gear who doesn’t run.
#11 You read “You know you are a Runner when… ” lists : )
That’s my starting list. There will be many more, I’m sure. How do YOU know you’re a runner?