You Know You’re a Runner When…

Since yesterday’s workday turned into a bit of a whirlwind, and I was unable to give you the details of my stellar morning run until later in the afternoon yesterday (all of which I’m sure you were so anxiously awaiting)…

And in the hours since that recap all I’ve really done is sat on a bus to New Jersey, went to sleep, at on a train to New York and come straight back to the office…there’s very little marathonwiner running news to share with you today.

With any luck, I may make a quick appearance at the gym tonight. But now that I have two boxes of Christmas decorations and tree trimmings under my desk:

my coworkers think i'm so cool. i bet you do now too.

…and a free evening ahead of me, chances are…the gym won’t make the cut. Que sera, sera. At least I’m hoping to knock out a 10-miler with some lovely ladies tomorrow morning!

In the meantime…

I will entertain you (not that anyone really reads this…especially, on Fridays) with thoughts that often pop into my head while traversing Central Park loop.

That I’ve been meaning to collect over the course of many runs, and put into one big post, and dub it:

You Know You’re a Runner when…

1. You see the name “Tebow” all over the newspaper and ESPN and think “OMG whyyy do they keep spelling Fred’s name wrong?” No seriously. I’ve been told who this Tebow guy is but I still get a little flutter of “omg NY running news on TV again?! Why’d they spell it wrong AGAIN? Oh wait, I’m dumb. It’s just stupid football” every.single.time.

2. Every time you go away for a week, weekend, whatever, you’re left with a suitcase full of workout gear and no room for “street clothes.” (this will be me in one week) This drives #3 home even more so.

3. You’d rather go to an event (dinner with the boyfriend, holiday shopping, etc) stinky, sweaty and embarrassing to all other parties involved than skip a run. Better than canceling completely, right?

4. You’d rather go to an event work stinky, sweaty and embarrassing to all other parties involved of your coworkers than skip a run. Or call in sick altogether…Oh, please. Like people haven’t called in sick for worse reasons. Don’t guilt me!

5. Your entire Christmas List consists of running gear or money to go toward race entry fees (this goes for almost any other shopping you’re involved in a yearly basis). Race fees are the better option (hint, hint, Christmas shoppers), because there’s no more room in the average runners closet for any more shoes. Or if you’re a New York runner, there’s really no more room anywhere for anything. Gifts bigger than a $20 bill (or 50, or 100…) are difficult to find a home for. See #6.

6. You have no room in your closet for your winter boots and/or new work shoes because you have 4-pairs too many of running sneaks. But you cannot let yourself part with any of them because they all serve a very important purpose. What hurts your toes more, blisters from heels or blisters from a long run?

7. You’ve woken up at 4 a.m. to get a run in rather than forgo it completely. Because why sleep when you can run?

8. When you see bad weather outside your first thought is not “back to sleep” or “there goes my workout for today.” It’s “guess I’m wearing the visor to keep that rain out of my eyes” or “better whip out the Under Armor so I don’t freeze to death in that snow.” It’s normal, really.

9. You have more Clif Bars and GU in your cabinet than “nonfuel” [read:real] food. This makes your friends and family very happy a bit grossed out when they visit and need a bite to eat.

10. While most people spend their web time staring at their outlook calendars, googlemaps, and nbcny.com, you’re filling out your calendar on runningahead, clicking away on mapmyrun and perusing nyrr.org. Obsessed? No, not at all. You’re perfectly normal…

I actually had many more relevant thoughts (i.e. #1 above), but of course forgot them before I even got into work yesterday. So perhaps this will be reoccuring as my muddled brain remembers things.

Next up on the “I have no running news to post” chain? My Central Park (and other sweatastic environments) Pet Peeves. That list is very long, and seeing as its peeves, not very nice. So perhaps we’ll hold til after the holidays.

Have a very happy Friday, kids! Can’t wait to hear how everyone’s weekends are! And more importantly, can’t wait to post pictures after the grand illumination of the Charlie Brown christmas tree being erected in our living room tonight!

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12 Responses to “You Know You’re a Runner When…”


  1. 1 Amanda Conner December 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    i read the blog on fridays! 🙂

  2. 3 sweatpassionandtears December 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Love this!!!

    #8 is when I really knew I was a runner…I’m a fair-weather person in general, I stay cooped up all winter…but when it comes to running, total opposite haha

  3. 5 runningseal December 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I read on Fridays too! Oh and yes to #3!!! Totally normal.

  4. 7 krissy m. murphy December 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    ANother one…
    when you see people post about their mass tv or movie watching and label it as a marathon (ala Gossip Girl Marathon or Star Wars marathon) you, for a split second, get excited that it’s the 26.2 variety, rather than the couch potato one they’re describing 😉

    • 8 marathon winer December 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      hahaha YES YES YES! one of those ones i couldnt think of 🙂 if i see the word marathon used in ANY capacity…ive got a one track mind!

  5. 9 Kathryn December 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    An addition: You’d rather spend money on outrageously overpriced running gear than work or casual clothes… even though you already have 2 drawers overstuffed with running gear and can’t fit another thing.

    Love it though!

  6. 11 marathon winer December 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    i def need to update the list to include that!!


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