Friday Fives: You Might Be A Runner If…

Haha yeah, I’m taking a page out of Jeff Foxworhty’s book, what of it? 😉

But I’m always amused and intrigued about what makes us runners so different from all of the non-runners out there. Because lets be honest, people who do run are most definitely different than the people who don’t. And that’s not a bad thing! being different is a great thing if you ask me! It’s just funny to think about all of the stuff that runners find normal or things that are just a regular part of their everyday life, that maybe someone who doesn’t run (or doesn’t live with a runner, at this point my husband is very used to all of my weird runner habbits 😉 ) would find to be strange.

I personally think there are a lot of things runners do that would probably be considered strange to anyone else, including myself several years ago before I started running. But since it’s Friday, we’re gonna stick with five for now. 🙂

1. You tuck your headphones into your shirt, even when it’s not exactly necessary. 

Ok first off, if you don’t keep your headphone wire under your shirt you totally should (if you run with headphones that is)! It will literally change your life! Haha it sure changed mine! And I know I can’t be the only one who gets super duper annoyed by that wire swinging all over the place.

So maybe this isn’t necessarily all that strange, but now every time I see someone else with they’re headphones tucked under their shirt I wonder if they’re a runner/some other kind of athlete. Because at this point I do it out of habit every single time I put in my headphones haha.

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So you can kinda see my headphones in this photo haha. But as per usual they’re under my shirt, even though it was totally unnecessary to have them there.  


2. You think Poop, snot rockets, gross feet, the color of your pee, pretty much any subject involving bodily functions is not off limits. Especially when talking to other runners. 

In my experience runners tend to be much more comfortable about talking about their bodies and bodily functions. I mean, we all know how necessary the pre race poop is, how snot rockets are actually an art form, wear every blister, callus, and black toe nail as a badge of honor, and that the color of your pee can provide you with some pretty useful information! Haha and we aren’t afraid to talk about it either!! At my last half marathon I overheard two people who, as far as I could tell, were complete strangers talking about having the nervous poops before the race. And no one was at all put off by their conversation! Hell, other people were joining in too, it was great! I think it’s pretty great that we can talk about those kinds of things without it being weird. I think everyone should be more open about normal bodily functions because it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

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Haha this actually wasn’t a running related injury, but it is the only photo of a black toenail that I have. 😉 

3. You NEED to bring a water bottle with you wherever you go because hydration is important!!! 

Speaking of the color of your pee, keeping it at that nice light yellow color (think the color of lemon juice, if it’s the color of apple juice you might want to drink some more water. 😉 ) can be a lot of work. So whenever you’re out and about it’s usually a good idea to bring water with you. So I guess you could also say you might be a runner if you’re really good at finding bathrooms, because staying hydrated requires frequent bathroom breaks.

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I rarely go anywhere without a water bottle haha. 

4. You’re the first to leave the party, go home, or go to bed. 

Because hey, more likely than not you’ve got a long run, or race, or hard workout scheduled for the next day and you want to be well rested for it. Or you may just need to wake up early to get it done for whatever reason. Either way, you gotta admit that it takes some hardcore dedication to say no to one more beer, one more game, one more hour, one more chapter, you get my point, and get into bed at a reasonable hour. 😉 But 9 times out of 10 its totally worth it!

5. You Consider Waking Up At 8 am “Sleeping In”

Obviously that kind of depends on an individual’s work/school scheduled, but it’s been my experience that a lot of runners would rather get their workouts done first thing in the morning. And sometimes that means waking up at 6, 5, or even 4 in the morning. So when you’re consistently getting up that early every day sleeping until 7 or 8 am can feel likes sleeping in late. And bonus points if you get a weird look from your friend, family member, or coworker when you tell them you totally slept in late and felt like half of your day was wasted because you slept in until 8. 😉 Honestly one of my favorite things about being a runner is that I often wake up, eat, run, eat again, and shower, all before most people have even gotten out of bed.

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Runners do weird stuff. But that’s part of the reason why being a runner is so freaking awesome! 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Friday Fives: You Might Be A Runner If…

  1. Are We Adults Yet

    Both entertaining and so true! I’ve been a runner for a bit and one of my favorite ways to recover post-run is with a good ‘ol shower beer… If you’re looking for a fun way to use up any extra beer you may have, might we suggest a different version of a “shower beer”? It’s great for your hair! Find out why on our blog: https://areweadultsyetblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/why-you-should-wash-your-hair-with-beer/

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  2. peacelovepointers

    I ran for the first time today. I didn’t die so I consider that a success. I am starting running because my dog needs an activity to do that involves running, so I thought I’d try it, though I think it’s actually called canicross when you run with a dog pulling you which is what I did. Now I am looking up stuff about running because I really have no clue about it and yeah… that was rough!

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      That’s amazing!! After looking at a few of your blog posts, is it your border collie that needs to run? Haha because I totally get that!!! I’ve got three of them and running around in the backyard is never enough for them lol. But I know the feeling of being pulled along by a dog! I’ve got one of those no pull harnesses and all three of mine can successfully pull me along while wearing that thing. But oh man, it’s always rough at first, and contrary to popular belief, it never really gets easier, but if you stick with it I promise you’ll start to enjoy it!! 😄

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      1. peacelovepointers

        Yes, it’s my BC that needs to run. She’s going through that teenage puppy stage. 😉 Actually, I do want her to pull me. Canicross is like dog sledding except you are the sled, haha! I had seen videos of it on YouTube, that’s how I knew about it. But yeah, I was going too fast too soon. I tried it again today, and it was a lot better. Brèagha (my dog) was more confident about it today, and having her tugging me along actually helps, provided I pace myself.

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      2. Ashley Dailey Post author

        Hahaha yeah, I’ve got one going through the same thing. He’s 9 months old and likes to show off and is very hard headed. I just tell people he’s young and dumb. 😉 How old is yours? Oooh that actually sounds like a lot of fun! I’ve told my husband I want a skateboard or a pair of roller skates so that mine can pull me around, but he doesn’t think that would end well for me. And honestly it probably wouldn’t…Yeah, I still have that problem. Especially when I run with Dean (one of my dogs and favorite running buddy). He likes to start off way too fast, but that does help with overall pace lol.

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      3. Ashley Dailey Post author

        Ahahaha yup, that’s currently a problem my puppy has as well. He also wants to chase cars. 🙄 But my female had that problem too when she was younger, so I’m hoping he grows out of it like she did.

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