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    Friday Fun! You know you’re a runner…

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    Here it is, this week’s much anticipated Friday Fun post!

    First I would like to say thank you to all of my contributors – some of you made it clear that you got some of these from an email or a website – that’s okay!  With the notable exception of the first one, which Christopher E. tells me comes from his daily life, I am therefore not able to credit their sources, but we’ll laugh anyway.  So without further ado….

    You know you’re a runner when:

    …the neighbour’s dog hangs out on your porch ’cause he knows he’ll get to go for a run at least once a day.
    …you move to a new neighbourhood and after 3 months you know the streets better than your neighbour of 3 years.
    …your shoes have more miles on them than your car does.
    …you are driving somewhere and the first thought is “wow it is so beautiful I need to come back and run here!”
    …seeing other runners on your rest day makes you twitch to get out there too.
    …you combine phrases like “10 mile run” and “Easy Run” in the same breath.
    …you are proud of your black toenail.
    …you can eat your weight in spaghetti.
    …you spend more on training clothes than school/work clothes.
    …you wear those same training clothes to school/work regularly.
    …you wear tights – in public.
    …you buy Gatorade in bulk.
    …you are bankrolling your physical therapist’s next vacation.
    …you know that Body Glide is not something you buy at an adult store.
    …talking about the colour of your pee comes as natural as
    talking about the weather.
    …you know how many grams of carbs there are in a banana.
    …while everyone is sleeping you are up running, and while
    everyone is awake you are sleeping.
    …you don’t think it is crazy to get up at 4am for a long run before the sun gets hot.
    …you know every PR you have at every distance, even your
    friends’, teammates’, and idols’ PRs.. to the tenth of a second… not
    to mention the splits you ran in that killer speed workout a couple of
    weeks back…but you have trouble remembering things like your phone
    number or your mom’s birthday.
    …you roll your eyes when someone asks “how long was your marathon?”
    …the doctor fell asleep during your stress test.
    …you know that chocolate milk is one of the best recovery drinks out there.
    …your watch is more expensive and complicated than your car.
    …watching the New York Marathon on TV made you get up and go
    for a run.
    …you get new shoes and can’t wait to take them for a test run.
    …your cookie jar is filled with bagels.
    …you can hallucinate and get high at the same time without
    taking anything.
    …you wake up in the morning and find that you’re already
    running.

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!