You Know You’re a Runner When…

You Know Youre a Runner When

I’ve been working at the Running Store for over two years now.  I’ve probably seen every kind of foot type and gait you can imagine.

I’ve even  written several running shoe related posts (if you ever have a question, just ask):
Losing Toenails: The Runners Rite of Passage?
What to Expect at a Running Store
How to Find the Perfect Pair of Running Shoes

I blog about running; I work at a running store, and I run myself.  Heck, I’m not even an elite runner, but a good portion of my life is influenced by running.  Of course, a good portion is not but that is not what I choose to blog about :).

So perhaps you’re walking around the world and you see someone you think you could share your hobby of running.  How do you know?  How can you tell?  Those bright speciality running shoes?  That vintage race t-shirt? 

You know You’re a Runner When:

You’re Shoes May Cost $120+, but a single pair of socks costs about $12+…hey, blister free running is worth it? 

You Pay $30 for half an hour of fun…but watching a movie in theaters…no thanks.

Your wall décor are medal holders, race awards and finishers trophies.

You’ve taken a vacation that revolves around a race or 3… 

Your laundry consists of 95% running clothes, 5% other clothes. 

You’ve purchased plenty of liquid sugar (GU) but whine when regular food has added sugar.

You wear compression underneath everything.  Work clothes, date night, wedding? 

cep compression capris
I’ve got compression for my compression…

You wake up earlier on the weekends for long runs or races.

You must finish a run on an even number.  5.89 miles is not the same as 6 miles…as a 10k…as half a marathon…as 7 miles…

Your coworkers stopped asking if you wanted to go out for lunch because they know you’re going for a run.

Your significant other used to try and change your mind about running but has since given up an even joined you for runs or races.

Can't beat them, join them right?
Can’t beat them, join them right?

Question for you: What are some runner’s quirks you have?

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Author: Hollie

Posts are written and maintained by Hollie. I'm just runner who is blogging her way through internet life. If you see me in the real world, you might be dreaming. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email me at fueledbyLOLZ@gmail.com

22 thoughts on “You Know You’re a Runner When…”

  1. You know you’re a runner when … it’s easier to count the rest days than your running days.

  2. Oh yes. How about “I must be in bed by 9 pm every night so that I can run in the morning.” I would much rather be up at 5:30 a.m than away at 11 pm. (or even 10pm ha!)

    I started my love for running at age 19. I guess I thought my pure obsession of pouring over books, reading about running plans, nutrition, races, etc would fade… 19 years later, NOPE! I still love it. I think the hobby is truly a lifestyle and a “runner” is an actual human different from a non-runner. 🙂

    1. Yes! That’s me! In bed by 10pm and up at 5:15am. My husband doesn’t get it but I have my priorities! 🙂

  3. I always feel so guilty when I drop my laundry off – knowing full well how much of that is running clothes.

    I also got my bf to run about a half mile with me…baby steps right?! He will play basketball for 2 hours running up and down the court but balks at straight running, sigh.

  4. Lol omg these gave me a good laugh. I’m not even that serious of a runner, but I’ve seen them in people who are. And my laundry is 95% workout clothes… but that’s mostly because I’ve fallen into the bad habit of refusing to wear anything else 😛

  5. I love the one about liquid sugar – so true!!! LOL!!! And, you know you’re a runner MOM when you’re kids tell their friends they have been to certain places “because my mom had a race there” and think it’s totally normal 🙂 Love this!

  6. Everyone always talks about how running makes your grocery bill go up but I was thinking about my laundry detergent bills!

    Between my running and Clay’s MMA/BJJ, we use a ton of detergent and even buy the sport kind now. Not to mention, with the heat here if I drive somewhere to run, I always change clothes before I drive home so I don’t have to stay in my smelly running clothes, so that’s another shirt/shorts/undies for the wash!

  7. Haha wellllll I think it’s safe to say I’m a runner. 😉 I had never read your post on losing toenails before! I think I may need to reevaluate my sneaker size – in 3 marathons, I’ve lost the toenail on my right foot 3 times. But it only ever becomes a problem at the marathon distance which I think is kind of funny.

  8. I know I am a runner because everyone in my office and family comes to me for tips on how to get in shape. I feel like I should start a self-help line and take appointments. The laundry thing is so spot on. I am constantly washing my workout clothes. You just cannot wear them more than once without washing in most cases.

  9. I love this post! Great picture of you and your hubs at the end, too! The only thing I can’t relate to is the compression wear? I have only gotten back into running in the last 18 mos… it’s probably just a matter of time before I figure out what is so great about it… I see the socks everywhere!

  10. Love these running quirks – can totally relate to the travel for races! I always have a backup pair of running clothes and shoes in my car in case I have time to kill or happen upon a beautiful trail.

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