It may be hard to remember, but there are people in the world that don’t run! The life of Runners and non-runners is drastically different. I can remember a time I didn’t run and can relate to all of these. Thinking out loud, every person, athlete or not, has a routine.
How do runners and non-runners stack up against each other?
Non-runners: Non-runners save money for a lot of different things: happy hour, the newest technology or even a great wardrobe. Whatever if it is, they put away money to do the enjoyable “fun things”.
Runners: We save money for new shoes, new workout clothing and of course races. Don’t forget the newest GPS watch. The smaller the watch, the more money it is. Without these things we can’t do what we love! Right?
Non-runners: Non-runners know how to make their features look great. They spend an hour preparing for the day and look flawless every single day. They have time to hit every last detail, all while looking through the best wrinkle cream reviews to boot. Each outfit is perfect.
Runners: Runners have mastered the ability to shower and put on makeup within 10 minutes. Did they just workout on the treadmill or are those fashionable leggings? The world may never know…Good thing fashion has evolved into a lot more comfort.
Eating on the Go and Snacking:
Non-Runners: Non-runners can go hours without eating. Forget to pack a snack? That’s fine, they just hit up the vending machine and are ready to go. Life doesn’t revolve around snacking and being rungry all of the time. If a meeting goes late, oh well!
Runners: Our non-running friends know us as the vending machine to go. We have more snacks in our bags than a mini-mall. Are you craving an apple or a chocolate bar? We have both. Runners are never without snacks because you never know when the stomach will start talking. When Runger hits, you have approximately 5 minutes to get us to the nearest supply of food, or you will see rage that you have never seen before.
Non-Runners: After the work week is over, non-runners often catch up with friends by going out for happy hour or dinner. They have a few drinks, dance and let loose. Most of Saturday and Sunday is spent relaxing and catching up on other hobbies.
Runners: Runners look forward to the weekend too! It’s either race weekend or long run weekend! Either way, we are waking up earlier than a weekday. We spend Friday night cuddled up in PJs, watching a movie and in bed sleeping before 9.
Non-Runners: Non-runners wake up anywhere between 8 and noon. After a well-rested sleep, they meet friends at a neighborhood breakfast spot. It doesn’t matter if it’s crowded because nonrunners are just waking up and going out to eat. They aren’t starving yet. Of course, our non-running friends look gorgeous and spent a few extra minutes getting ready for brunch. Heck, they might even fill up on mimosas beforehand! No wonder they are so happy waiting hours for a table!
Runners: On the weekend, runners wake up well before the weekday. We get our long runs in and before we know it, it’s time to eat, and we are just trying to make it there on time. There is nothing more cringeworthy than waiting for brunch after a long run. A messy bun, somewhat fashionable workout clothing and an old pair of sneakers are our signature brunch look.
Question for you: What is something you do that your “non-running” friends might not understand?