Humour on the Run


Runners definitely share special bonds and sometimes have traits, habits, or idiosyncrasies that only other runners can understand. You know you’re a runner when…

  • the only reason you watch the weather forecast is to schedule your runs.
  • you have more running clothes than regular clothes in your laundry pile.
  • you smirk when someone asks you, “So how long is this marathon?”
  • you have a drawer full of medals and other race souvenirs that you’re not sure what to do with.
  • you go into Starbucks more often to use the bathroom than to actually buy coffee.
  • you no longer make fun of fanny packs because your running belt looks very similar to one, although cooler.
  • you have a line in your budget for “race entry fees/race travel”.
  • you use old race T-shirts to wash your car, dust furniture, or clean something else.
  • your treadmill has already gone through two overhauls while your car is still not scheduled for one.
  • you get an invitation to a wedding and you automatically think about what race the date will conflict with.
  • you have dreams about showing up to a race late or not wearing any clothes.
  • you’re not embarrassed to wear spandex.
  • the salespeople at your local running shop know you by name.
  • you know where your illiotibial band is located.
  • you no longer hate port-a-johns. In fact, there have been times when you’ve been very happy to see one.
  • you wear your running watch even when you’re not running.
  • you’ve had your running shoes for three months and you know it’s already time to replace them.
  • you spend more time researching running routes than local restaurants when traveling to a new city.
  • your physical therapist’s receptionist knows you by the sound of your voice on the phone.
  • you know where exactly one mile from your front door is (in any direction).
  • You know the location of every 7-11 and public restroom in running distance from your home.
  • you know how to correctly spell and pronounce plantar fasciitis.
  • you own more pairs of running socks than dress socks.
  • you have more fun shopping for running clothes than you do non-running clothes.
  • when you hear PR, you automatically think “personal record”, not “public relations”.
  • you pack more running clothes than bathing suits when going on a beach vacation.
  • you have running clothes and an extra pair of running shoes in your car, “just in case.”
  • your holiday wish list can be fulfilled at any running or sporting goods store.
  • you frequently get asked, “When’s your next race?”
  • one of the first things people ask you when they haven’t seen you in a while is, “What race are you training for now?”
  • you have several drawers dedicated to running shirts.
  • you get excited when the new Runner’s World comes in the mail.
  • your Facebook or Twitter updates frequently involve running.
  • your only recent photos of you alone are race photos.
  • you always have your next race on the calendar.
  • your runs are sometimes longer than your commute to work or school.
  • your running partners know more about your bodily functions than your significant other.
  • you get jealous when you’re driving in your car and pass runners.
  • you spent more time researching a running watch than you did your car.
  • you actually spend time researching running shoes on a regular basis.
  • you wear running T-shirts with funny slogans.
  • you spend more money on running clothes than work or casual clothes.
  • the only time major household projects get done is during tapering or race recovery
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