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