Nov | 6
Inspiration, Running Tips

10 Reasons Why Runners are a Different Breed of Human

What makes runners a different breed of human?

What makes runners a different breed of human?

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?

About Kristen
Kristen has worked for Brooks since summer 2011 and is an addicted runner. She ran in the Big 10 conference for The Ohio State University where she recently finished her master’s degree in Communication. Kristen is now running half-marathons (with a PR of 1:18:41) and full marathons (2:45:46). Kristen is a 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.
  1. Melissa Bender

    We talk about “easy” runs and people look at us like we’re crazy. “I’m just doing an easy 7 miles today…”

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