I’m not really sure when I became a runner. Was it the first time I ran a mile without wanting to die? After completing my first race? The first time I dreaded a scheduled rest day?
This weekend, as I tackled some spring cleaning, I took a look at my clothes hamper and said, “Yup, I’m a runner all right.” The sight of all the sweat-stained tech gear opened my eyes to other dead give aways scattered throughout my home, my car, my purse and my behavior. I’m still not sure if there was any one day that I crossed the line from wannabe to runner girl, but I’ve compiled a list of reasons why I consider myself a runner today. Want to play?
You Know You’re A Runner When:
- Your sports bras out number your everyday bras by more than half.
- You’ve lost count of the number of nut butters in your pantry.
- You can convert kilometers to miles and back again without breaking a sweat.
- You know the exact times of both sunrise and sunset.
- You worry about being able to finish all the loaves of bread you’ve baked/purchased before they start sporting little fuzzy green spots.
- You know the one mile point from your front door – in any direction.
- You set your alarm for 1.5 hours before you actually plan to wake up so that you can stumble to the kitchen, fuel up and get back to bed for another hour while your tummy digests before your run.
- A shopping spree does not include a trip to the mall.
- You take more ice baths than hot baths.
- Birthday presents include gift cards to Sports Authority, the On Top of Spaghetti cookbook, and a mass of DriFit and Heat/ColdGear items.
- Pedicures require dark polish. No exceptions.
- The doctor clips a pulse monitor to your finger and a crowd of open-mouthed nurses gather at the door. (yes, this really happened!)
- You think of all food in terms of it’s carb and protein content.
- You’ve busted the odometer button on your car trying to map out runs. (no, this hasn’t happened… yet)
- Your internet browser is set with Weather.com as it’s home page.
- You actually look forward to using Pot-a-Potties.
- You’re ALWAYS HUNGRY.
- You won’t spend more than $30 on shoes for work, but will drop $100+ on running shoes and think it’s a steal.
- You have a funeral for your watch when it dies.
- You have a separate laundry basket for your running clothes, in fact, your “delicates” load is comprised of 99% tech gear.
- You factor in possible running routes when looking into buying a new home in a new area.
- Coworkers no longer ask what you did this weekend – they ask how far you went.
- You tell your mother/husband/friend you ran 11 miles and they say, “Oh, is that all?”
Tell me, do you know the exact moment you began to consider yourself a runner? What strange habits do you have that mark you as a runner now? Leave comments below!