One of my favorite parts about the running community is that we share so many things in common with each other, even though most of us have never met. We all have similar quirks, habits, and jokes that non-runners in our life may find annoying or inconvenient. But we continue to do so out of love for our sport (okay, obsession might be a better word), and for the pure enjoyment that we get from being a runner.
Being part of the running community doesn’t mean you have to run sub 3 hour marathons or race a 20 minute 5k, but you do have to be able to laugh at yourself. I love getting together with another runner or reading their stories because I instantly feel that I can relate to them – while my habits may seem ridiculous to my husband or close friends, these strangers understand my rationale completely.
The running community is one of my favorites and is home to so many great people. As I am preparing for the New York City Marathon in just about two weeks, I find myself getting more and more excited about coming together with thousands of other runners to share one of the most exciting events. I can’t help but think of the many ways we can all bond together…
20 Ways You Know You’re a Runner
- You own more running shoes than you do regular shoes.
- You decline an offer to go out on Friday night so you can go to bed early.
- Your wardrobe consists of leggings, sweatpants and race t-shirts.
- You have more t-shirts than any other article of clothing.
- You can out eat most anybody at the table.
- You don’t feel guilty about treating yourself to dessert or that extra beer.
- Your water bottle is your trusty sidekick that you can’t leave home without.
- You wear your running watch out to a nice dinner.
- You won’t spend money to go out to a movie but will happily pay $50 for a race.
- You know the mileage around your neighborhood and to all the nearby attractions.
- You feel worse when you relax all day than when you run.
- You hate walking because you know you could get there so much faster if you ran.
- You plan your entire day around your run.
- You panic if someone coughs or sneezes near you during the weeks leading up to race day.
- You don’t mind losing a toe nail.
- You drive through new areas and immediately check out their sidewalks.
- You find yourself outside running when school or work has been cancelled due to the weather.
- You need to bring a suitcase for a weekend trip to fit your running gear.
- You get excited when you see someone else running and wave at them.
- You believe that running has the power to change the world.
Have a fantastic Friday!