So, you’ve decided to take up running, you are thinking of taking up running, or you’ve been running for a while. Well, this is my take on things you will find happen when you are a runner.
- You’ll find that one minute is SO much longer than your thought.
- You make progress quite quickly early on, often surprising yourself frequently.
- Every road, path, pavement near to where you live, are all uphill!
- You know how far a mile is, in every direction, from your house.
- Very few people look ‘good’ in running clothes!
- You begin to set your alarm clock earlier at the weekend, than your weekday alarm.
- You will become obsessed with stats and weather!
- You notice runners everywhere; You even become a little jealous of them running, as you wish you were too.
- You develop lots of BRF (Best Running Friends) some you have never met, thanks to social media.
- You become an ‘Oversharer’. Toilet habits, mishaps, clothing malfunctions, injuries, etc.
- You know all the road names of your local area.
- For a cheap sport, running can be very expensive.
- You are only ever training for a 5K, yet once you complete that, you find yourself signing up for a 10K.
- You are only ever training for a 10K, yet once you complete that, you find yourself signing up for a half marathon.
- You are only ever training for a half marathon, yet once you complete that, you find yourself signing up for a marathon.
- You are only ever training for a marathon, yet once you complete that, you find yourself signing up for many more crazy adventures as possible.
- People will tell you that running is bad for you. My mother-in-law once told me that I only have an allocated number of steps in my lifetime and I was wasting them all running.
- You want to run ALL the races.
- You have more running clothes than ‘normal’ clothes.
- You can NEVER have enough kit.
- Your mental maths ability disappears at the end of races.
- You rarely get nice race photographs.
- You need to take out a loan to buy race photos.
- Whilst some hibernate in the winter months, you develop the ability to run in all weather.
- You spend more money on race entries than you do on going out. (Read here about running being cheap)
- You happily get into bed by 9 pm (or earlier) on a Saturday night as you have an early start for your long run on Sunday.
- Black toenails are a badge of
- Painting your toe skin, where the toenail should be, is totally acceptable.
- Marathon nails are a ‘thing’.
- Pizza is life.
I’m sure that I have missed off many things, so please add them to the comments below.
What have you learned since becoming a runner?