19 Signs You're in Love With Running

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Matthew Leete

Whether it’s the thrill of crossing a finish line, the euphoric feeling you get when you’ve completed a long run or crushed a workout, or the camaraderie you feel when surrounded by fellow runners, there’s just something about running that makes you head over heels in love with the sport. How do you know if you’re crazy about running?  See how many of these signs you can relate to.

1.  If you don’t have a time for a run, you find yourself in a bad mood by the end of the day.

2.  You get more excited to shop for running clothes than you do for regular clothes.

3.  Your vacations somehow revolve around running – you’re either vacationing at your race destination or planning travel around your training plans.

4.  You bought a pair of ugly running shoes because you know they’re the best ones for your gait/running style.

5.  You dread getting up early for work or school, but you excitedly pop out of bed for a run or race.

6.  You’ve cried when you crossed a finish line.

7.  If you overhear complete strangers talking about running, you somehow manage to work yourself into their conversation.

8.  Whenever you go to cheer for a friend or family member at a race, you wish you had signed up for it.

9.  You get jealous when you’re driving and you pass someone running on the road.

10.  When checking into a hotel, the first thing you ask about is recommendations for running routes.

11.  You can’t remember family member’s birthdays, but you know your PRs for 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon.

12.  When you get stuck in traffic, you look out the window thinking, “I could run faster than this.”

13.  You get excited when you see an email from Marathonfoto saying that your race images are now posted.

14.  You'll drive around and around looking for a free parking spot to avoid paying for a spot at a garage, but you have no problem shelling out $40 for a 10K race. 

15. You've set alarms to wake up early or missed a work meeting because you've wanted to register for a race the second it opens.

16.  You’ve used a vacation day because you need to fit in a long run.

17. You've used a vacation day because you needed to recover from a long run or race.

18. After you get home from a race, you first check your computer to see if the online results are posted and then search for your next race.

19. When you receive an invitation to something, you immediately start thinking about what races it might interfere with.

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