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
- 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.
- When 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?”
- 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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