This list started while Sami and I were running our half marathon last weekend. We needed something to talk about to keep our minds off of the race and how much further we still had to go. We eventually had to stop talking about it because it was making us laugh and because at some point in the race talking just ceased. To those who don’t run much, I am a “runner” and to those more hardcore than me, I am probably not. Personally, I consider myself a runner and have been since I was 17. I started it as an off season workout regime from my tennis coach. I will admit that it was not love at first sight. I hated it at first because it was hard, but as time went on and I got in better shape it got easier. Running is still never “easy” though and that is what I love about it. I am constantly challenged to run faster or further. I will never be the best and/or perfect and that is good for me, as someone who struggles with perfectionism. However, it is also rewarding in that there are tangible goals and results to strive for. That is good for me too, as someone who is goal oriented. After 15 years of faithful running at least 3 times a week, it is just part of who I am now. It is something I enjoy and can’t imagine not doing. I know it is not for everyone, but those of you who do run will understand this and those of you who don’t run can get a laugh out of us crazy people who do…
You Know You Are a Runner If…
1. Your bladder and bowels are a big factor in what time you can run and how far.
2. You have or have had missing toe nails and/or black and blue toenails.
3. You time your eating based on when you are going to run. Even if that means sometimes you eat supper at 3:30pm or 10:00pm.
4. You have carb loaded the night before a race.
5. You have paid money to run a race.
6. You have a collection of race shirts.
7. You have experienced the “runner’s high”.
8. You have tried but just can’t explain why running feels so good.
9. When you’ve had a bad day nothing sounds better than a run (cheaper than therapy).
10. You finish a race and then think about how much fun it was and you want to do another one.
11. You have mastered finagling family schedules to fit in training with loosing as little family time as possible.
12. You have run in all types of weather-hot, cold, rain, and shine.
13. You know just how important running shoes really are.
14. You have spent way too much money on a good pair of running shoes.
15. You have run pushing jogging strollers full of children if it is the only way to fit it in the days’ schedule.
16. You have run while on vacation.
17. You have a running app on your phone.
18. You know the term “PR”.
19. You have experienced chaffing a time or two.
20. You have had emergency bathroom breaks in the trees or bushes.
21. You have a drawer just for running clothes.
22. You only wear your running shoes for running so as not to wear them out any faster.
23. Your children have various race medals as jewelry in their dress up clothes.
24. You have analyzed the thickness of socks that you like best.
25.You run even when you aren’t training for a race…just because you love it!
26. (just because I hate odd numbers to I can’t stop at 25) You have routes memorized all over town.
Obviously this list is just for fun. We are no experts. In my opinion if you run regularly…you are a runner. There is no magical formula or passage to officially become a runner. Just a fun list of the silly things we do to keep running.
I just had to share this picture…if you have never been a runner, I encourage you to give it a try. Even if you have tried before and hated it, just try one more time. You may surprise yourself. Don’t expect it to be easy, but I promise it will be worth it.