You know you’re a runner when

We runners are an odd bunch when you think about it. It’s only since I’ve taken time off with injury, and then returned to the sport, that I realised just how strange we are. So for my own amusement I’ve listed some of my favourite runner idiosyncracies, also known as, You Know You’re a Runner When:

1.You happily drop £50-100 on a single pair of shoes

2. You’re one of the only people left on earth who still eats carbs

3. You happily discuss bodily functions with fellow runners


4. You deal with bad days and exhaustion by heading out for some miles

5. You own a shit ton of neon lycra

6. Wearing short shorts in winter is a perfectly reasonable thing to do0

7. You natter on endlessly to colleagues before realising they don’t care about your running

8. You know the exact distance from your front door to the park, round, and back again

9. You’ll get up early on a weekend to go for a run


10. You have no idea what to do with yourself on rest day

11. Peanut Butter is practically its own food group for you

12. You know what shin splints are and where your IT band is located


13. You get offended when people call you a jogger

14. You know what Gu is

15. Runger is a real problem for you


16. You’ll torture yourself every evening with a foam roller

17. You’ve converted at least one of your friends to running


18.You get angry when you can’t run

19. You’ve given up on having nice looking feet

20. You always have snacks.

So what do you think? Anything I missed?

Lots of love,


28 thoughts on “You know you’re a runner when”

  1. Oh man, can I relate to this list. I’m off-season and it’s taken me 6 weeks to calm down enough to enjoy the rest and cutting back to about 3 runs a week. I do feel a bit lost running less frequently and shorter, but I don’t miss the runger that followed a 24-miler training run (4000 calories a day? really?). Now, my eating’s all down to sheer gluttony =D (and a lot more alcohol).

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  2. oh man so much yes to all of this! How about you know your a runner when you go to the doctor but ignore all of their advice. guilty of that right here! oh a stress fracture that might turn into a broken foot, lets do a 5k, 10k and half marathon back to back still. great idea 🙂

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  3. Too funny!! And, in the last couple miles you question your very being for even thinking about running this race and there is no way in hell you will ever go through that again. Then heading back from the race you wonder out loud if you just tweak your training plan you can probably PR next time! Cheers!

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  4. There are so many of these lists, and I never tire of reading them. This one is particularly phenomenal! I will add the lack of embarrassment when my singlet and short tanlines are beyond extreme in the summer when I put on a bikini. I wear them like a badge of honor!


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