You Know You are a Runner If…… According to RMR

I always read those “You know you are a runner if…..”.  You know, just to make sure I really am qualified to call myself a runner.  And also its very reassuring.  I will read them and say “Oh my gosh – other people do that too?” laughing out loud at the stupid things we all do!

I decided to put together my own list.  All you non-runners, please note that each and every one of these are true – at least to me….

 

Waking up before dawn and smearing vaseline all over your thighs and upper arms seems perfectly rational.

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You can, and have, relieved yourself in unconventional places. (more times than I will admit)

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You have shoes for road running, trail running, racing, running in the rain, and possibly even mud running (not to be confused with sneakers you might run errands in).
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You own more sports bras than regular bras.
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 You know the exact mark of a mile in any direction from your front door. (And 1/2 mile, 2 miles, and every mile mark to the 10 mile point)  That fencepost, new house, big curve, old truck, etc.
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Your significant other automatically asks, “How far are you running this weekend?” when they inquire about your weekend plans.
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You only wear dark purple or black toenail polish to cover up your runner’s nails
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You’ve worn Band-Aids on things other than blisters or cuts.

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You willingly pay $12 for one pair of socks.

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You pick a shoe for its functional qualities, even if it’s ugly. Actually I love all the crazy colors.

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Your laundry basket is approximately 95 percent running attire, 2 percent jeans and 2 percent towels.  I LIVE in my tights.

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Your DIY projects involve things on which to hang your race medals.

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You actually put 13.1 and 26.2 stickers on your car.  I’ve got the 13.1 so far…..

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You plan your day around your run, not the other way around.

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You would rather crawl across the finish line than get a DNF. (Did Not Finish)

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You actually purchase and consume something called GU.

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You wear compression socks under your pants. And with shorts. And pretty much anywhere.

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You plan vacations around destination races.  S. Dakota, Oregon, Maui, N. Carolina, Key West……

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An injury causes you to freak out because that means no running.  We all know about this!

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Your off days are not fun.

off-day

 

You don’t consider running shoes and jeans a fashion faux pas.

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You wear running clothes all the time whenever you can.  What’s more comfortable than a pair of compression tights and a t-shirt?

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You don’t let a little cold weather get in the way of your runs.

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Or heat.

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Or the dark.

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Or a freakin’ mountain.

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Weekends are always set aside for long runs.

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You actually say and do a fartlek without giggling

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You know how to do the runner’s knot.

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This is your post-run reaction.

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You just Love. To. Run.

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One step at a time,

Anne

3 thoughts on “You Know You are a Runner If…… According to RMR

    1. Yes definitely dreaming. I still see a road and think to myself “I’ll have to run there”. Unfortunately, the heel is not ANY better. Have a Dr.’s appointment at the end of the month.

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