Three Things You Should Know About Runners

I have identified myself as a runner for over half of my life.

Runners are a quirky demographic.

Sometimes our friends wonder why hurling ourselves over rocky terrain for hours, or getting out of a warm, comfortable bed well before sunrise, or risking sunstroke in the summer and frostbite in the winter to get our runs in is appealing.

They speculate about our sanity, or lack of it, and suspect a secret streak of masochism may be hidden deep within.

If you are a runner, I hope you can read these “three things” and nod your head in agreement.

If you have never been a runner, I hope to share some enlightenment.

Three Things You Should Know About Runners


  1. Runners love expensive shoes and jewelry.

    But when we drool over a pair of pricy new shoes, they’re not the latest Jimmy Choos and the jewelry we covet is not a diamond bracelet.

    While shelling out $160, $180, even $200 for new running shoes three times a year does not make us flinch, spending a similar amount on dress shoes might hurt.

    And the $500 bling we wear on our wrists is a GPS watch, not a tennis bracelet.

  2. road-1209369_640When we’re not running, we’re usually thinking about running.

    If you could read our minds when we’re driving with you, our thoughts would look something like this: “Oh man, that would be a tough hill to run up,” or “This road has a nice wide shoulder. It would be a good place to run,” or “Gorgeous scenery. I would love to run here.”

    When we see a runner going by, we wish we were running. Even if we just finished running.

    When we visit a new city for the first time, the most essential question we ask the desk person at the hotel is, “Where is a good place to go for a run?

    Meditations in Motion

  3. We do stupid stuff just because we can. 

    We spend countless hours training our bodies to endure running for longer and longer distances because, well…because it feels good. Afterward. Not while we’re doing it, oh, no.

    While we’re doing it, it hurts like crazy.

    While we’re doing it, we swear we will never do another marathon, another ultra, another running challenge ever again for as long as we live.

    Then we cross the finish line.

    And we can’t wait to sign up for the next one.

    Runners have short memories when it comes to pain. It must be from the lack of oxygen to our brains for extended periods of time.

So, friends and family, if someone you love is a runner, I hope I have shed some light on some of the weirder aspects of our personalities. Maybe this post can generate a little bit of understanding and empathy.

Maybe you will even want to try running if you are not currently a runner.

As Darth Vadar so famously said, “Come to the dark side.” It’s where all the fun stuff happens.

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  1. See, when I pass a runner, I feel a rush of gratitude because it’s that person doing what they are driven to do. And not me πŸ™‚ — Seriously, there are times when I wish the running elves hadn’t skipped me. I do all manner of other exercise, but running (and swimming laps) just aren’t my jam. I’m very admiring of how you do you, however, as you know!

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    • Your comment reminded me of this quote, Jan: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman. You do you! πŸ™‚


  2. Being a runner (in #3) sounds a lot like why women choose to have more than one child. They forget the pain of labor due the joy of actually giving birth! Since I’m not a runner, Laurie, I do appreciate you enlightening me here. Blessings, and keep on doing what you love.

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  3. #2 for sure. I’m too cheap to fully embrace #1. I wear my shoes for 1 year. Each October, my father sends me a birthday check that *mostly* covers the cost of my shoes. I use this birthday money to justify spending so much money on myself. Last summer, I blew out the side of my shoe on a sharp rock in August. Now I’m abutting twelve months and I want to get back on my October schedule. Last weekend, I caught my toe on a root and about an inch of sole of my shoe separated. Beginning of the end. It might be time to move away from Altras even though I love them. — Something you left out of your post is the OCD angle. As they say, it takes one to know one, and I can tell you, this sport is littered with OCD sufferers. I believe that’s the principal driving factor behind all three of your examples.

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    • I had a bad case of plantar fasciitis. Ever since then, I have been fanatical about changing my shoes every 500 miles. The friend we run trails with has his shoes stuck together with shoe glue. The whole sole peeled away from the upper a few weeks ago. I can imagine OCD and running go together. Our trail running friend has to end his run with an “even” number of miles. If we end with something.89 miles, he would run .11 miles in the parking lot to get to an even number.


      • Hmmm. Maybe I always have PF because I never replace my shoes (although it hasn’t been back since I gave up meat). When I instructed my spin class, I always noticed that the runners in the class have more routines. Need a certain bike, need a fan pointed THIS way, certain clothes, etc (oh, wait, I might be talking about myself).

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  4. This was totally enlightening to me! You’ve let me peek into the mind of a runner. I’d like to see into a train brain, the kind that never gets enough of real trains, model trains, and historic trains.

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  5. I wish I was a real runner. I am a tinker. An amateur. But you have inspired me to go out and run tomorrow whether my PC wants to go or not. My shoes are not very expensive and I have a cheap piece of bling but maybe I will get back to running more regularly and afford myself some better toys. You are an inspiration.

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  6. Haha, so true, Laurie!
    Just last weekend, I was hiking up a trail that I ran as a marathon last year.
    I couldn’t believe that I had been crazy enough to run up such a steep hill.

    And then my second thought was: I wish I could run this again one day.

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  7. Totally agree. All those necklaces we wear only once come with a pretty hefty price tag as well. We tend to forget the entry fees, travel costs and training hours we put in to earn a finishers’ medal that will only be worn directly after the race.

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  8. I will settle on running vicariously through you guys. Thanks for sharing the stories. I have hiking books, work boots and walking shoes, but it’s been a while since I slipped on dress shoes.

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  9. I’m not currently a runner, but I used to be in my 20s and 30s so I do relate to what you’re saying here. There wasn’t such fancy “jewelry” back when I was running though, such as a GPS watch, but I did treasure my digital watch with the stopwatch feature. πŸ™‚

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  10. All of this is so true! I hate buying new shoes, other than running shoes. And I would much rather have new running gear than any sort of jewelry Isn’t it funny how quickly we forget a race that was painful?

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    • I would never spend $160 on dress shoes. Of course, I don’t really have to dress up anymore. It’s almost like childbirth – we only remember the good stuff and forget the bad stuff.


  11. I definitely smiled reading this! On #2 I would add seeing another runner and looking to see if you know who they are. Also mentally critiquing their form though maybe that’s just the coach in me!

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  12. As a walker I nodded at the first 2 points. I did try running – entered a 10km under the influence and did the whole couch to 5km thing. I hated every second of it and spent a fortune at the chiro when my hips etc were out. Apparently I’m not built to be a runner and I’ve come to terms with that and removed “run a long way” from my bucket list. I do. however, have a thing about long distance walking challenges.

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    • I love walking too. Last year Hubby and I walked el Camino de Santiago in Spain. It was wonderful to get up each morning knowing the only thing we had to do each day was to walk.

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  13. Laurie, this is such a fun post. You’ve definitely enlightened me about runners. I’ll never be counted among you amazing folks, but I’ll cheer you on in your races. πŸ™‚ I’m a walker, and if there’s a camera in hand? Even better. πŸ˜‰

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  14. Laurie – I think you could persuade any non-runner to join the ranks … I know I have swayed a few people to walk. I like how you made the comparison for shoes and jewelry/bling. How is your Mother’s Day present holding out – do you use it daily or are you saving it just for events (whenever that might be – in 2021 maybe). The last point you make sounds like childbirth (though I’ve never had a child), the forgetting about the ordeal just as soon as it is over. πŸ™‚

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    • I love my Mother’s Day present. I told my son this morning, I don’t know how I ever ran without it. Now he wants a GPS watch too. Maybe for his birthday or Christmas (if he can wait that long).

      It’s exactly like childbirth, Linda. You hit the nail on the head!

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      • I’m glad your son is still interested in running and his interest didn’t wane during the pandemic. Good for him – he saw you and Bill as great examples.

        That’s what I thought as to the pain Laurie.

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  15. AMEN to the shoes & jewelry … I have spent more money over the years on tracking watches than anything. & we wont talk about running shoes

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  16. Speaking of!! I have a question for you or you & Bill. My husband. Has started running, he’s about 4 months in, and I want to get him some better socks (to go with his b-day presents next month). Do you guys have any recommendations? Thanks πŸ™‚

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  17. Laurie, I LOVE this! After reading it, I have determined that I am not a runner, but I am a person who runs. πŸ™‚ Short distances and on the treadmill, mostly for the mental health benefits and so I can eat dessert. No fancy watches for me, but I do believe in spending money on good running shoes. I greatly admire people who love to run. In fact, one of the things I hope I can do in heaven is run fast and far, and enjoy every step.

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    • No, I think you ARE a runner, Lois. Anyone who runs is a runner. Short or long distances, it doesn’t matter. treadmill or road or trail. If you run, you are a runner. πŸ™‚

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  18. Hi Laurie, I’m not running like I used to, but I can definitely relate to all three. The battery on my Garmin Forerunner no longer holds a charge like it did if it were my phone it wouldn’t worry me, but it’s my Garmin! πŸ₯Ί


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