You Know You're a Runner When...

Running Humor

Packing like a runner
Christine Luff

Runners definitely share special bonds and sometimes have traits, habits, or idiosyncrasies that only other runners can understand. If you're a runner, you may be able to relate to or appreciate some of these descriptions.

You know you're a runner when...

  • Your first thought when you look at the weekly weather forecast is, "When can I fit in my runs?"
  • You have more running clothes than regular clothes in your laundry pile.
  • You've lost a toenail. And you tell people, "It's not that bad."
  • You smirk when non-runners ask you, "So how long is this marathon?"
  • You have a drawer full of medals and other race souvenirs that you're not sure what to do with.
  • You go into Starbucks more often to use the bathroom than to actually buy coffee.
  • You no longer make fun of fanny packs because your running belt looks very similar (although cooler) to one.
  • You have a line in your budget for "race entry fees/race travel".
  • You've used an old race T-shirt to wash your car, dust furniture, or clean something else.
  • Your treadmill has more miles on it than your car.
  • You get an invitation to a wedding and you automatically think about what race the date will conflict with.
  • You have dreams about showing up to a race late or not wearing any clothes.
  • You're not embarrassed to wear spandex.
  • The salespeople at your local running shop know you by name.
  • You know how to take a cup of water from a water stop without choking on it or spilling it all over yourself.
  • At least one of your website usernames or email addresses has the word "run" or "runner" in it.
  • You get excited when the race swag is a technical fabric (not cotton) T-shirt.
  • When someone passes you during a training run, you assume they're running a shorter distance than you are.
  • You don't blink at running 26.2 miles, but sometimes that feels like way too far to drive.
  • When you hear a song from your running playlist on the radio, you immediately feel like running.
  • You prefer marathon movies to movie marathons.
  • You never thought of a road you drive on all the time as hilly until you run on it.
  • The only time major household projects get done is during tapering or race recovery.
  • You frequently get asked, "When's your next race?"
  • you know where your iliotibial band is located.
  • You no longer hate port-a-johns. In fact, there have been times when you've been very happy to see one.
  • You wear your running watch even when you're not running. ("It matches, right?")
  • You've had your running shoes for three months and you know it's already time to replace them.
  • You spend more time researching running routes than local restaurants when traveling to a new city.
  • You'll cross over several state lines to run a race.
  • Your physical therapist's receptionist knows you by the sound of your voice on the phone.
  • You know where exactly one mile from your front door is (in any direction).
  • You know how to correctly spell and pronounce plantar fasciitis.
  • You own more pairs of running socks than dress socks.
  • Your solution for feeling tired is to go for a run.
  • You've perfected the art of snot rockets.
  • You always have your next race on the calendar.
  • Your runs are sometimes longer than your commute to work or school.
  • Your running partners know more about your bodily functions than your significant other.
  • You get jealous when you're driving in your car and pass runners.
  • You spent more timing researching a running watch than you did your car.
  • You want to either cry or punch your doctor in the face when he tells you that you can't run for two weeks.
  • You're excited for your next birthday because it means you'll be in a new age group at road races.
  • You pack more running clothes than bathing suits when going on a beach vacation.
  • You have a mental list of comments you hate hearing from non-runners.
  • When you hear the word "bib", you think about a race number, not a baby.
  • You spend more money on running clothes than work or casual clothes.

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