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50 Signs You Are a Runner

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50 Signs You Are a Runner

Post  Nick Morris on Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:45 pm

I was reading the RunningWarehouse Blog and came across a list of "50 Signs You Are a Runner" and thought that I would share.  I can definitely relate to most of them.  How about you?

You just might be a runner if…

  • You “accidentally” run on your rest day.
  • You never seem to quite catch up on your laundry pile of running clothes.
  • You have some pretty serious sunglasses tanlines.
  • You have at least one photo of you dripping with sweat on your refrigerator.
  • You’ve been chased by a dog and lived to tell the tale.
  • You’ve had someone scream “run, Forrest, run” at you from a passing car.
  • You run so early that the coffee shops aren’t even open.
  • You judge songs you hear by how motivating they’d be on the run.
  • You’re kind of addicted to your Garmin.
  • You dream about running.
  • You write nastygrams when the manufacturer inevitably changes your favorite shoe.
  • You daydream about the trails while at work.
  • You’ve got one of those race distance bumper stickers on your car.
  • You find yourself gravitating toward hills, just for the challenge.
  • You spend an inordinate percentage of your monthly income on running gear.
  • You get a thrill from plotting your course on MapMyRun.
  • You consider a port-a-potty a luxury.

  • Your cupboards are always well-stocked with pasta, quinoa and oatmeal.
  • Your buddy wants to set you up on a blind date and your first question is, ‘do they run?’
  • You start asking for running gear and gift cards (to the ‘House, of course) as presents.
  • You get up before the birds to fit in a double day workout.
  • It’s too damn hot. You go for a run anyway.
  • It’s too damn cold. You go for a run anyway.
  • You’re a woman who has far more sports bras than regular bras.
  • You know how far you ran without using a map or GPS watch.
  • You don’t think a blackened toenail is all that big a deal.
  • You found a coworker who runs and you nag them regularly about lunch runs.
  • Your next vacation spot was chosen for its great trails.
  • You’ll spend $100 (or more) to race on roads you could run for free.
  • Your friends have pool noodles. You have a foam roller.
  • You’ve had so much sweat in your eyes, you could barely see.
  • The first race you finished was one of the best experiences of your life.
  • The most recent race you finished was one of the best experiences of your life.
  • You look forward to a rainy day so you can bliss out on your run.
  • You hit the golf course frequently, but don’t golf.
  • You compare your latest injuries with other runners.
  • “A good day at work” means you got a run in over lunch.
  • You use the word “only” in front of a mile distance you used to think was far.
  • You don’t run for two days and start to go stir-crazy.
  • You have an opinion about running on concrete vs. pavement.
  • You’ve mastered the subtle nod/wave when you pass other runners.
  • You have a whole stash of ice bags in your freezer.
  • You find yourself gravitating toward running metaphors.
  • You have enough race t-shirts to insulate a small cabin.
  • Icy Hot is your version of perfume/cologne.
  • You’re frequently recruiting friends who don’t run to try and get them hooked.
  • You have fond memories of bygone shoes.
  • Your running gear is the first thing you pack for any trip.
  • You don’t even remember what you did with your free time before you started running.
  • You’ll never give it up until you’re broken.
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Re: 50 Signs You Are a Runner

Post  Nick Morris on Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:50 pm

Here are a couple of my favorites Smile



  • It’s too damn hot. You go for a run anyway.

  • It’s too damn cold. You go for a run anyway.

  • You know how far you ran without using a map or GPS watch.

  • You use the word “only” in front of a mile distance you used to think was far.

  • You’ve mastered the subtle nod/wave when you pass other runners.

  • Your running gear is the first thing you pack for any trip.

  • You’ll never give it up until you’re broken.
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Re: 50 Signs You Are a Runner

Post  Dave P on Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:29 pm

even though I run w/o headphones, I still do this one...

"You judge songs you hear by how motivating they’d be on the run"
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Re: 50 Signs You Are a Runner

Post  mountandog on Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:58 pm

oh God, you have to remind me of all these things  Laughing
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Re: 50 Signs You Are a Runner

Post  Nick Morris on Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:03 pm

mountandog wrote:oh God, you have to remind me of all these things  Laughing

Isn't it scary how many of them you can relate to??
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Re: 50 Signs You Are a Runner

Post  Mark B on Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:00 pm

Nice!

Here are a few more that come to mind:

-Your wine rack is full of water bottles.
-You know exactly where 1 mile is from your house, in any direction.
-You run 10 miles but don't talk about it to your friends because it doesn't seem like a big deal.
-You think nothing of greasing up paps, thighs, crotch and butt cheeks.
-You have perfected the air hankie/snot rocket/farmer's blow.
-You can come up with different names for blowing your nose sans tissue. Wink
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Re: 50 Signs You Are a Runner

Post  dot520 on Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:53 am

For women:  *You plan your goal race around your 'cycle'
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Re: 50 Signs You Are a Runner

Post  Jim fredericks on Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:57 am

"You never give it up until you are broken" True, True, True!!!
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Re: 50 Signs You Are a Runner

Post  ounce on Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:45 am

You don't get pissy at cyclists who can't return the wave, because you finally noticed they do raise two fingers off their handlebars.

Heavier runners are happier to wave at other heavier runners, than their anorexic counterparts.
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Re: 50 Signs You Are a Runner

Post  amyjoann on Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:56 pm

I get jealous when I see another runner on the road and I'm stuck in a car:twisted:
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Re: 50 Signs You Are a Runner

Post  KathyK on Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:43 am

Nick Morris wrote:
mountandog wrote:oh God, you have to remind me of all these things  Laughing

Isn't it scary how many of them you can relate to??
My goodness....although I haven't run any distance over 5 miles in quite some time, I still do run several times a week...and I can relate to most of these.
Mark B wrote:Nice!

Here are a few more that come to mind:

-Your wine rack is full of water bottles.
-You know exactly where 1 mile is from your house, in any direction.
-You run 10 miles but don't talk about it to your friends because it doesn't seem like a big deal.
-You think nothing of greasing up paps, thighs, crotch and butt cheeks.
-You have perfected the air hankie/snot rocket/farmer's blow.
-You can come up with different names for blowing your nose sans tissue. Wink
Water bottle/wine rack..yep.  1 mile any direction from house...yep. 10 miles...yep.  greasing up...yep.  But that snot rocket thing...I'll never relate to.  
dot520 wrote:For women:  *You plan your goal race around your 'cycle'
Yep...but then my cycle decides to change just to it hits so it's day 2 on goal day.  
amyjoann wrote:I get jealous when I see another runner on the road and I'm stuck in a car:twisted:
Absolutely.
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Re: 50 Signs You Are a Runner

Post  Jim Lentz on Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:12 pm

You know what these refer to:

  • PR
  • PW
  • BQ
  • MP
  • PB
  • HR
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Re: 50 Signs You Are a Runner

Post  ssilvert on Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:22 pm


  • You check the morning news on LetsRun.com before any other news source.
  • The podiatrist is on speed dial
  • You think Global Warming is a major problem because it will hurt your race times.
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Re: 50 Signs You Are a Runner

Post  Kenny B. on Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:02 am

When...the trunk of your car looks like a running expo.
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