17 Signs That You’re a Runner

Posted on August 20, 2013

In classic Buzzfeed style, I present you with 17 Signs That You’re a Runner. As with any sport or hobby, there are professionals and experts, novices, and amateurs. In my own little happy corner of the world, even if you run on a semi-consistent basis, you should call yourself a runner. If you don’t see your habits on this list, it either means I’m a terrible listicle journalist, or you just have extremely weird habits. I kid. Here are some things that might reassure you that you’re a dedicated runner:

1. You take shoe-selfies.

Princeton, Football, Sprints, Running, Nike, Field, Grass


2.  Your laundry room has two distinct piles. Normal clothes, and running clothes. Only one will knock your ass to the ground upon entering the room.

runner laundry

credit www.someecards.com


3.  You have a dedicated shoe budget. Also, a sock budget because you’ve learned that bloody socks tend to freak people out.

nike running shoe, flyknit lunar1+



4.  You turn down grabbing a beer with friends because your watch asked you out on a ‘run date’ first.

nike sportwatch gps, running watch

It’s like a tamagotchi, but it actually serves a purpose.


5.  Your iPhone alarm looks like this:

runner's iphone alarms

credit www.tanyasylvan.com


6.  You can’t get enough of that perfectly undisturbed, early morning air.

Brooklyn Bridge, Runner, NYC, New York


morning run, running group

photo credit www.tanyasylvan.com

photo credit www.tanyasylvan.com

photo credit www.tanyasylvan.com


7.  You carry around an over-sized jug of water everywhere you go despite your friends pleading you not to embarrass them.

nalgene bottle, running, training


8.  Any of these could be your ideal run:

Princeton University, Campus, Fall, Color, Autumn

One of my favorite places to run – Princeton University in Autumn

Trail Running, Snow, New Jersey

Snowy runs are pretty much the best.

monterey california

With photo ops every 5 feet, running in coastal California is never actually productive.


9.  You wear your running watch as an accessory. That electric lime green goes perfectly with… well, nothing honestly.

nike running watch

photo credit www.extranet.widget.com


10.  You could basically live off of bananas, peanut butter, and GU.

gu, running

photo credit www.3xacharmrunner.blogspot.com


11.  Carb-loading days fucking rock.

pizza, carb loading, runner diet, race meal


12.  You have your beliefs on the oval mileage stickers, but you commend the runner regardless.

marathon sticker crazy, overload

#youhaveaproblem / photo credit: www.palmettostaterunner.com


13.  Your friend just posted their run on Facebook, you immediately get off the couch and lace up. Not that it’s a competition or anything.

nike running social post


14.  Running is a lifestyle and a mindset, and you take it seriously.

Half Marathon, Training,Nike, Running App



15. We act like race bling isn’t important (and it isn’t), but it is.



16. You think about how much money people waste on gym memberships, then realize you spend just as much on shoes, outfits, and race entries.

They get you everywhere they can. photo credit tokenrunningblog.blogspot.com

They get you everywhere they can.
photo credit www.tokenrunningblog.blogspot.com


17.  You realize that you’re part of something truly amazing.

A movement, a community of passionate, inspiring, and bad-ass individuals that you would defend in a heartbeat. (Especially when that yellow 2005 Hummer narrowly misses hitting you and your running compadres at 5:30 AM.)

photo credit www.mruns.com

Your running family is your second family. Who else would you sweat, stink, spit, puke, and poop in front of without worrying that they think anything less of you now? Or dress up in tights, tutus, or superhero garb without feeling the least bit awkward?

ballerina, runner, birmingham, race, running shoes, puddle, reflection

Doesn’t matter if your running family is 20,000 on race day, 50 for a local social group, or just you and your earbuds, you are runner strong.

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11 Replies to "17 Signs That You're a Runner"

  • Jennifer
    August 21, 2013 (4:14 pm)

    Loving this post!! I’ve so done #1, #3, #5 … oh heck, close to all of them! Great post.

    • Zack Sylvan
      August 22, 2013 (12:21 pm)

      Thanks for reading! It was fun to put together, and I know I left so many out.

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  • Running Girl
    August 22, 2013 (12:21 pm)

    I wore my Garmin to court this morning. Totally out of habit. And yes I looked like a moron. LOVE this post!

    • Zack Sylvan
      August 22, 2013 (12:26 pm)

      Yes! I wear mine to work almost every single day. Like you, I don’t even think about it when I put it on in the morning. It gets the job done, right?

  • Lindsay Malone
    August 22, 2013 (1:28 pm)

    Oh Zack! I loved this. Can’t wait for you and TSYL to come take Chicago with me. And… I’m very excited to see the photos you capture along the way. 🙂

    • Zack Sylvan
      August 22, 2013 (2:29 pm)

      Haha, thanks! I can’t wait! Oh, we’ll make it epic. That’s a promise.

  • Yo Momma Runs
    August 22, 2013 (1:34 pm)

    Perfect list! Yesterday I drank smoothies for almost all of my meals. I think I was just craving that don’t-have-to-chew feeling from long runs.:) Oh, and I was really thirsty!

    • Zack Sylvan
      August 22, 2013 (4:06 pm)

      Woohoo, thanks! I thought about adding smoothies to the list since I see Tanya make one just about every morning. I’m not quite there yet, though. Maybe we can add it to part II 🙂

  • Paula
    August 24, 2013 (3:55 pm)

    Yep, I have most of them covered!

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