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.
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.
3. You have a dedicated shoe budget. Also, a sock budget because you’ve learned that bloody socks tend to freak people out.
4. You turn down grabbing a beer with friends because your watch asked you out on a ‘run date’ first.
5. Your iPhone alarm looks like this:
6. You can’t get enough of that perfectly undisturbed, early morning air.
7. You carry around an over-sized jug of water everywhere you go despite your friends pleading you not to embarrass them.
8. Any of these could be your ideal run:
9. You wear your running watch as an accessory. That electric lime green goes perfectly with… well, nothing honestly.
10. You could basically live off of bananas, peanut butter, and GU.
11. Carb-loading days fucking rock.
12. You have your beliefs on the oval mileage stickers, but you commend the runner regardless.
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.
14. Running is a lifestyle and a mindset, and you take it seriously.
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.
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.)
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?
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.17 Signs That You're a Runner by Zack Sylvan