You know you’re a runner when…

You know you’re a runner when…

Here is an ode to running not being the prettiest of sports… a sampling of the most disgusting/unbelievable/hilarious things I have found myself and other runners seeing, doing, or thinking; binding us together in the most fantastic of ways.

You know you’re a runner when…

  • Your first instinct when you are hot is to take your shirt off, even when you are in public… in normal clothes… and “that’s totally unacceptable!” say your friends and family
  • You are way too comfortable making any nice bush or non-assuming shrub into a toilet… nature calls, it happens to the best of us
  • You think spitting in public is acceptable, even when you aren’t on a run
  • Poop, and other bodily functions, are common topics for you and your running posse
  • You find yourself judging periods of passing time based on how far you could run during that time… “Its been 90 MINUTES, I could have done a whole long run by now!”
  • You have an ungodly number of safety pins stashed in every pocket and desk drawer you own
  • You feel as though you’ve gone through a spartan like battle with your teammates after every race, you are all survivors (particularly relatable to XC)
  • You have way too many crumpled race bibs, that are supposed to be sentimental, but are just collecting dust somewhere
  • Your mouth doubles as your very own personal fly catcher
  • You have experienced the conundrum of being so close, yet so far from the bathroom… Do you risk it all and run faster to get there sooner? OR take longer to get there but go at a much less stomach jarring pace?
  • You have raced hard enough that you may have found yourself briefly losing control of your faculties at the end of a race
  • You have cried tears of joy at the end of the race because you have just survived the terrible trauma that you like to call “your sport”
  • Somedays you don’t feel like running, but the minute you get hurt and can’t run your world is ending
  • You would do unspeakable things for this sport


How do you, sometimes regrettably, know you’re a runner?


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  • When I’m the only one outside doing anything in the dead of winter, and I have ice cleats attached to the bottom of my shoes, and my glasses are fogging up to the point of blindness every 5 minutes… that’s when I know I’m the biggest idiot within 5 miles. But that’s what being a runner is!

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