You Know You Are a Runner When…

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You know you are a runner when…

1. You plan your day around when you can run.

2. You own more running shoes that regular shoes…and still want more.

3. You know your PRs for every distance.

4. You know what PR, PDR, BQ, DNS, DNF mean.

5. You know the distance of a marathon.

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6. You know the distance of a 5k or 10k in miles but have to consult Google to figure out how to convert miles to km for any other distance.  #AmericanProblems

7. You know what a Fartlek is but still giggle at the word.

8. You obsess over the weather forecast. Particularly your long run days. At any given time, you know the projected forecast for the next 5 days, including sunrise and sunset, chance of precipitation, windchill factor, and whether there’s even a remote possibility of some type of weather that might effect your run.

9. You are really, really upset when the weather is going to be better the day AFTER your long run and you can’t rearrange your schedule. Or it’s perfect weather the day BEFORE or AFTER your race.

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10. You arrange your long run around the warmest part of the day in the winter/coolest in the summer. You delay getting started because even a slight degree in temperature change really does make a difference.

11. You get irritated when people use the word JOG to describe running.

12. You talk to another runner about having the runner’s trots but would die of embarrassment talking about your BM’s to a non-runner.

13. You wear compression socks under your “normal” clothes.

14. You immediately think “Is this area runner friendly?” when looking to buy a new house or move to a new city.

15. You see other people running and immediately want to go for a run even if you already ran that day.

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16. Sleeping in on the weekend is still 5 a.m.

17. You wonder a lot…will this make me too sore for my run tomorrow?

18. You talk about running injuries like battle wounds.

19. You think 9 p.m. is staying up late.

20. You ponder your running outfit for the day more than your daily “real clothes.”


21. You talk about your training in any and all conversations without even trying. People talking about the weather? You comment on how awful/wonderful it is to run in this. Plans for the weekend? Running, of course.

22. You have a training journal that you write in everyday. It’s like your diary from middle school years, full of all your hopes and dreams.

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23. You have a mega stash of GU, Honey Stingers, Huma Gel, Tailwind or whatever mid run fuel you love.  Because you buy it in bulk from Amazon.

24. When injured, you say you just want to run again no matter what, even if it means never racing again, but as soon as you are recovered you start planning your race schedule.

25. You use a tennis or lacrosse ball, or rolling pin for massaging your muscles rather than it’s intended use.

26. You don’t care how silly or crazy you look doing random stretches on the side of the road, drills (hello butt kickers, high knees, carioca), hill repeats (Look! It’s the crazy person running up and down our street again!) o running back and forth in front of your phone to get the perfect runfie.

27. Your laundry basket is always full of sweaty workout gear.

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28. You plan running dates with friends rather than catching up over dinner.

29. You call drinking water, “hydrating” and eating “taking in calories”.

30. You run. 🙂

Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday and the Coaches’ Corner.

Your turn! You Know You’re a Runner When…

18 comments on “You Know You Are a Runner When…

  1. Haha YES to all of these!!! I definitely own more running shoes than real shoes and still giggle every time I say or read Fartlek!

  2. OMG so much truth here woman – preach!!!! But, um what is a PDR? I guess I’m not really a runner *hangs head in shame* but I’m currently stalking the weather, getting “fuel” out of my massive stash for my training today and will definitely get some looks for my hill repeats and runfie afterward 🙂
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  3. Yes, nodding my head, as I’m considering the weather this morning and planning my route. Snow and wind? Can I do it? Which way should I go?

  4. You know you’re a runner when you go directly to the running clothes section of any store first before looking at anything else. (and of course there’s a section, otherwise why would you be in there) 🙂
    Love your list!

  5. Yes to these! So true every time we have moved that I assess the location in terms of running. 🙂 And the laundry basket! Totally.

  6. Yes, that was a big head scratcher. Then in his next AB, he had runners on third and second with one out, and he should have bunted. The third baseman would have had to stay back on third to cover the base with a runner on second and the pitcher would have had to cover the third base line. A safety squeeze should have been the call here. That would have scored an insurance run and probably Mahle doesn”t get pinch hit for in the next AB and pitches the 7th inning. But Billy hits a dribbler back to the pitcher who throws home for a force out and no run scores. Then the pinch hitter for Mahle K”s. That was a bad series of events that should have been avoided.

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