30 Things Only Runners Will Understand
We runners are a very complex group of people with a specific set of skills and experiences. Here are 30 things that only runners will understand or appreciate.
1. You have woken up at 5:00 A.M. to beat the humidity and heat in the summertime.
2. On a Saturday.
3. There are more or less 5 songs out of 1,500 on your iPod or iPhone that you like.
4. Sometimes it’s hard just to walk up a flight of stairs.
5. You know that Band-Aids were actually created for runners – to protect nipples.
6. No runner lies about the race finish times.
7. You researched running routes before going on vacation or a business trip.
8. You have been called crazy 100 times after running a 26.2-mile trail race.
9. Black toenails are a symbol of honor. The worse your toenails look, the more awesome you are.
10. It’s a scandalous lie when side spectators tell you that you look “strong” or “good” in the last couple of yards of your race.
11. You feel completely comfortable in the shortest shorts.
12. You never have to tell another runner what distance your marathon was!
13. Until you became a runner, you never thought you’d utter a sentence like “Only doing an easy 6-mile run today.”
14. You just about manage to maintain composure when someone asks you if you ‘won’ the marathon.
15. Your allegiance to one running shoe is strong.
16. You feel slightly anxious if the runner next to you has bad-ass running shoes.
17. You always look hilarious when running.
18. Your laundry has more sports t-shirts than regular t-shirts or more spandex than cotton.
19. They were wrong: money CAN buy happiness. You can buy carbs.
20. Getting the small nod of approval from a runner heading in the opposite direction is makes you feel as if you are floating.
21. There is a huge difference between a tired body and a tired mind, and you know how to overcome and when to give in to each.
22. You rely on runs as a way to boost your energy.
23. Sometimes it’s a struggle to reason with non-runners.
24. You run faster and longer when you know you being watched.
25. You never avoid carbs; in fact, it’s the opposite.
26. You spark spontaneous friendships with other runners.
27. You spend far too much time creating running playlists.
28. You want others to join in. You love when people start running.
29. You know the streets when they are calm and quiet, when the day is either just beginning or just ending, and you have a small piece of the world to yourself. It is nothing else but the road and your mind, and no one can take that away from you.
30. It is never, ever “jogging.”