Let’s face it…when you are in a community of runners, a lot of your friends are runners. It’s an unavoidable fact.
Runners do the same things.
They geek out to the same new things. (OMG new Asics shoe next month!?)
Runners have the same internet searches…
How to run
How to run faster
How to run faster and PR
Anyways, as runners we are friends with more runners. It’s also why we display bumper stickers on the back of our cars. It’s like the bat signal to others of “hey, let’s be friends because I’m a runner too!”.
Here are five types of running friends you have (or if you don’t, the chances are you are that person).
The Injury Connoisseur
Bless this poor runner’s heart, your friend has had every injury known to runner kind.
Maybe they poorly train or are just extremely injury prone, this poor person always seems to be injured…That being said, if you have any ache or pain from your metatarsal to your ear lobe…you can count on them to know what your problem is. While they didn’t go to medical school, they still could tell you the symptoms and recovery process to every injury imaginable.
Push the Pace Pat
PTPP runs all of his training runs at the exact same pace he races. If you are looking for a free speed workout, Pat is your guy. He is probably slightly awkward to run with because you can’t chat since you are sprinting the entire time. You wonder how he doesn’t get injured but realize he doesn’t improve either. He doesn’t mind his consistent speed…he just likes his exact 7:02 pace every single mile of every single run. No faster, no slower. His secondary titles are Consistency Cal or Racing Raymond.
New Garmin out? Tim knows.
New Fitbit heart rate tracking monitor doodad thingy? Tim knows.
New cross training machine out? LOLZ, Tim has known for the last few months.
If you have any technology questions or products, Tim will provide you with the answer. Just don’t go on a long run with him or you might fall asleep while he geeks out to some formula that causes the Fitbit to calibrate to your steps.
Unice will run 30 miles just because. 30 miles today, tomorrow and possibly 30 miles every day. Unice lives for the long run and lives for running on the trails. Your friend Unice can take you to the best state parks with the best scenery.
Be careful though because they might be gorgeous state parks with hidden intense trails. A 30 miler is hard enough but adding a 1000 feet climb every few miles increases the difficulty…The male version (Long Run Logan) normally has a long beard because face it…when do ultra-marathoners not have beards?
Hungover Harry is the life of the party and the life of the run. He is always open to running whether he just got done drinking a few hours ago or not. He is a great and personable guy. You can count on him to have a good time whether you are running or not. He just annoys the junk out of you that he will PR and crush your time the night after drinking.
Questions for you:
Do you have any of these friends?
Do you consider yourself any of these people?