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You Know You're a Runner When...


Updated May 16, 2014

Marathon 26.2 finish sign

You know you're a runner when...you can't help but smirk when someone asks, "So, how long is this marathon?"

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You know you're a runner when...you get super excited when your new issue of Runner's World comes in the mail.

You know you're a runner when...

  • 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 have more fun shopping for running clothes than you do non-running clothes.

  • when you hear PR, you automatically think "personal record", not "public relations".

  • your holiday wish list can be fulfilled at any running or sporting goods store.

  • one of the first things people ask you when they haven't seen you in a while is, "What race are you training for now?"

  • you have several drawers dedicated to running shirts.

  • you get excited when the new Runner's World comes in the mail.

  • your Facebook or Twitter updates frequently involve running.

  • your only recent photos of you alone are race photos.

  • 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.
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