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 web site usernames or email addresses has the word "run" or "runner" in it.
- you know where your illiotibial 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.