I’ve been working in the running industry for 7 years now. I’ve probably seen every kind of foot type and gait you can imagine. You know you’re a runner when conversations never get old or less funny.
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 specialty running shoes? That vintage race t-shirt?
You know You’re a Runner When:
You Know You’re a Runner When…Your Shoes May Cost $120+, but a single pair of socks costs about $12+…hey, is blister free-running is worth it?
You Know You’re a Runner When…You Pay $30 for half an hour of fun…but watching a movie in theaters…no thanks.
You Know You’re a Runner When…Your wall décor are medal holders, race awards, and finishers trophies.
You Know You’re a Runner When…You’ve taken a vacation that revolves around a race or 3…
You Know You’re a Runner When…Your laundry consists of 95% running clothes, 5% other clothes. What are these “real-life clothes” other people talk about?
You Know You’re a Runner When…You’ve purchased plenty of liquid sugar (GU) but whine when regular food has added sugar.
You Know You’re a Runner When…You wear compression underneath everything. Work clothes, date night, wedding? You might even have compression tan lines, which are a badge of honor!
You Know You’re a Runner When…You wake up earlier on the weekends for long runs or races. What is the sleeping in thing people do on the weekend? And don’t get me started when people have leisurely woke up and gone to brunch. You have to compete for a table with them after you’ve done a long run!
You Know You’re a Runner When…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…If you run 6.06 miles, you need to round up and run 7.
You Know You’re a Runner When…Your coworkers stopped asking if you wanted to go out for lunch because they know you’re going for a run. They haven’t asked you about happy hour in years.
You Know You’re a Runner When…Your significant other used to try and change your mind about running but has since given up. Sometimes they even join you for runs or races.
Runners definitely have their quirks, but that’s what makes us awesome!
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Question for you: What are some runner’s quirks you have?