1.The week is no longer defined by days, but by training sessions.
Tuesday becomes ‘trackday’. Friday is ‘restday’. And as for Sunday being a traditional day of rest? That’s unheard of; it’s now officially ‘longrunday’.
2. Buying day-clothes is a distant memory.
The more miles you clock, the less you are able to remember a time when you left the shopping mall without anything running related. Running clothes are EVERYTHING. This must be true for all runners: I just don’t think that new trainer feeling can be beaten. And don’t pretend you’ve never considered buying those pointless running-related accessories next to the shoe racks. Luminous head band? Always necessary. Funky cushioned socks? Of course, I only have 63 pairs already.
3. Everyone is competition.
No longer can you drive past a dedicated runner pounding the streets without these two thoughts: could I beat her/him? Do I need to train harder? I know that judging people is frowned upon and everything, but when passing someone I can’t help wondering how quick they would be over 5km. Or wondering how far they have run. The innocent acknowledgement of ‘look, there’s a runner going by’ is replaced by the desire to know they training schedule, race times and distance completed.
4. You have to plan when to wear certain kit.
This is important. You can’t wear your favourite piece of kit on a solo run a couple of days before a big race- it might be in the wash for the big day! Races photos, so you’ve got to be wearing your best-running clothes. And if that means looking a little weird on the runs before hand, then so be it.
5. “Are you free on the 31st July?”
*Checks training plan* Thought process is as follows:
Well, that’s a Sunday so I’m going to have to fit my run in…
I wonder if a 12 o’clock meet is okay…
Oh wait, but I have a race the day before so I probably won’t feel up to running…
Should be fine. I’ll take the risk of agreeing to it early…
“Yes, I think I’m free.”
Just remembered that when people ask this I’m meant to check my social calendar… Oops.
6. You’re a genius at mental maths, mile to km conversions, and calculating how long you have left on a log run.
7. People always call you ‘crazy’ for running long distances.
This is a COMPLIMENT! Firstly, the fact that they see you as a runner is enough to make you feel special, and secondly, the idea that you are different from everyone else gives you a special feeling of individuality… even if you are a little crazy.
8. You’re going on holiday…
So even the easy run becomes ‘warm-weather’ training, and as for being 201 metres above sea level- well isn’t that basically altitude training? Of course, you also look at running routes before you leave. That’s completely normal.
9. Easy runs make you feel like you haven’t done enough.
You’re meant to be recovering, and even if you felt knackered whilst running, you still feel a tinge of guilt when you hear about someone else’s killer session.
10. And finally, you probably have Hypochondriasis
This is a fear of getting ill. No other words needed- everyone knows the struggle of setbacks due to illness.
I hope you can all related to real-runner’s list, I think all of these are true for me! On Tuesday I’m off to Spain and so expect some nice holiday photos on Instagram! Luckily I don’t burn, so am hoping to come back very tanned!
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I’m Ellen… and I guess you could say that I’m quite into running. I’ve been blogging since the age of 14 about anything and everything related to the sport- and I’m hoping to continue this blog as I pursue and (at one point) achieve my Olympic dream.