The Differences of Non-runners and Runners

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.

The Differences of Non-runners and Runners

How do runners and non-runners stack up against each other? 

Budget

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?

Beauty Routine:

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.

Weekends

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.

Weekend Brunches:

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? 

 

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Author: Hollie

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26 thoughts on “The Differences of Non-runners and Runners”

  1. Haha, I love your list! I totally relate to you and your experiences. Just a few days ago I asked my husband whether he remembered what we did in our spare time before we startetd running: Brunch, sleep in, shop clothes, meet with friends and have two (or more) long drinks… I assume I was happy at that time, but I also believe I am way hapier with my current lifestyle. Seems to be much more satisfying and giving everyday life more “purpose”.

  2. Haha, I love your list! I totally relate to you and your experiences. Just a few days ago I asked my husband whether he remembered what we did in our spare time before we startetd running: Brunch, sleep in, shop clothes, meet with friends and have two (or more) long drinks… I assume I was happy at that time, but I also believe I am way hapier with my current lifestyle. Seems to be much more satisfying and giving everyday life more “purpose”.

  3. This is a great blog and funny,point out all my running habits.
    Usally when I’m training my friends see me on a tight schedule, eating schedule,lots of pasta and chicken.
    In bed by 10pm.I don’t go out I watch a good movie at home. My snacks consist of granola bars and water..
    I mostly wear running gear though out the day..lol.new shoes every other month.
    Happy running hollie.

  4. oh man, these are so true! especially the ability to get ready in literally ten minutes and look “presentable”/somewhat put-together. I have mastered that.

  5. “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.”

    This is hilarious. All of it. Sharing everywhere!

  6. I am 100% in bed super early on a Friday so I can get up early. And I never get invited to brunch anymore because I would be like how about 9. And my friends would be all, umm it’s not brunch if you eat it at 9…it’s breakfast. Haha.

  7. Quick shower and 10 minute primping is so true! The only time I even go out with dry hair is the winter. And my husband still considers me high-maintenance!

  8. Instead of going out to dinner, my husband and I “date” every week for a Saturday lunch. Not only is it cheaper, but it tastes so much better because every Saturday is either a race or a long run for me and BJJ/MMA for him!

    I’m really not an early riser, though. I guess I get up earlier than a NARP, but for a runner, I wait until later to go on my training runs (Usually 6:30-7:30 AM before I start).

  9. SO funny! Yup, I get all excited for weekends for the long runs and races!

    I would add that non-runners tend to spend an excessive time in the shower as opposed to runners. Yes it’s necessary but boring and I would much rather be running, reading about running or eating. 🙂

  10. Yes to snacks!!

    Getting excited about finishing work early in Winter because you can rush home and not run *all* of your miles in the dark! Or that first run when it’s warm enough for shorts! 😉

  11. So true! Non-runners don’t understand spending hundreds of dollars on doctors/night splint/massage/acupuncture for a condition that is caused by running, to try to get healthy enough to run a marathon that you have to pay about 100 bucks to enter months in advance.

  12. I really enjoyed reading this. I think the biggest thing is budgeting. I drive an older car, but looking at gear reviews on trail shoes or hydration packs that might give me a bit of an edge at the next race.
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  13. That was funny ! Love the weekend example. So true. The most obvious is also how some friends just absolutely want you to drink alcohol but you absolutely don’t want to get that drink because you know how tomorrow’s run or workout will feel. Then it’s a whole conversation about “the why” that starts!

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