My senior year of college I was introduced to a friend of a friend and as he shook my hand his eyes lit up with recognition: “Oh, you’re the crazy runner girl!” When asked to elaborate he stated that his entire apartment complex called me the “crazy runner girl” as I was always running. I have come to accept the fact that we runners are different from the rest of society. We have our own unique culture that involves having shoes with spikes, black toenails, enough spaghetti to feed a small country, and for men, nipple taping.
Here are 10 reasons to celebrate why runners are a different breed of human:
1. We do everything low-carb diets say not to do. More pasta? Yes, please!
2. Using porta potties is normal. Porta-potties are a necessity, and at times the most beautiful site in the world. But we still get excited when we have a Brooks VIP porta potty pass.
3. We can lift weights without developing muscle mass.
4. We use the word “fartlek” in serious training conversations.
5. We automatically start humming the Chariots of Fire theme song when running (or walking) on a beach.
6. We replace our running shoes more often than we replace our toothbrushes.
7. We not only watch track races and marathons on TV, but are fascinated by the fact that the leader’s 18th mile was 2.8 seconds faster than mile 17. Gosh darn it, he’s running negative splits!
8. We consider chocolate milk to be a “recovery drink” and therefore a perfectly healthy excuse to consume more chocolate.
9. We use porta potties at least 12 times before a race. We no longer try to explain why to spectators.
10. We use watches to tell everything BUT the time: splits, distance, heart-rate, pace, elevation gain… Who cares what time it is?
What do you think makes runners so unique?