Running country is everywhere. Open your door, and you’re in business.
Run in a schoolyard, at the beach, in a vacant lot. – Bill Bowerman
….Or in my case, run in a supermarket. 🙂
Reading about the “weird” things that make runners stand out, I was reminded of a thread in the Pinoy Runners mailing list to which I am a member. We listed down signs that point to us being runners. (Contributed by R. Patrick Concepcion, Resty Refuerzo, bathorigins, 26m.com, Migo Flores, ngyaaaw, Juan Apolinario C. Reyes Jr., and myself.)
So, you know you are a runner when…
1. You have more than three pairs of running shoes and only one dress shoes.
2. You undergo withdrawal symptoms when you can’t run.
3. The first store that you go to in a mall is the running shoe store.
4. You salivate at the latest offerings of adidas, nike, new balance, and other running shoes.
5. You surf various running sites and devour the latest trends in training, nutrition, equipment, etc.
6. Snack means having an energy bar.
7. You shave your hair legs to improve your PR (and you are a guy).
8. Your hand carry bag in the plane contains your running gear. Just in case your suitcase gets lost, you won’t feel so bad.
9. Your wife gets jealous because you love running more than sex.
10. You consider training more important than sex.
11. Petroleum jelly for you is not for lovemaking.
12. You get elated every time you see a road and think that it is the sexiest thing.
13. You check the sole of your running shoes often and caress it with affection.
14. You get excited every time you see someone running.
15. Hearing the soundtrack to “Rocky” gives you goose bumps.
16. You wear a sports watch with your dress clothes.
17. You remember details of a race four years ago, but you forget your wedding anniversary.
18. You are not embarrassed to show someone where your hamstring “really” hurts.
19. You know your resting heart rate, maximum heart rate, and exactly what your heart rate at any moment during your run.
20. You wear your running shorts underneath your work clothes so that you can quickly run after work.
21. You won’t drive by any running store without a quick look inside.
22. You know exactly how far a kilometer is.
23. You have more old dirty shoes piled by the door than a farmer.
24. You read each month’s issue of Runner’s World from cover to cover within an hour.
25. You get excited when you hear that there is a new Gatorade flavor.
26. You not only know how you did in a race, but you know exactly how every other runner finished.
27. You spend at least 25 percent of your income on running stuff.
28. The first thing you do when you go on vacation is find out where you can do your daily run.
29. You realize that it’s harder not to run than to run.
30. You can talk about running for hours on end to someone you don’t know and whom you otherwise have nothing in common with.
31. You get excited at the sight of a long stretch of road, imagining yourself running on it.
32. You know the merits of lubing up.
33. You can talk in length about the benefits of eating salt blocks.
34. Your heroes are Alberto Salazar, Frank Shorter, and Bill Rodgers.
And here’s my favorite, from Resty Refuerzo.
You’re running your sweet pace and you hear somebody from behind catching up to you, breathing heavily. Instead of upping your pace, you maintain it. The runner doesn’t pass you but just runs with you still breathing heavy. You slow down until you notice his breathing has eased off. You start conversing, as usual, about running. Where he’s headed, how many k’s he’s running today and maybe he’ll ask the same. You part ways soon without even asking each other’s name. Hey, maybe you’ll run with each other again or not at all, and it’s okay.
How about you? How do you know you are a runner?