I haven’t always been a long distance runner. I started off easy with 5K’s and 10K’s way back in the day. It was a way for me to stay active and give me a goal to work towards. I remember thinking “I have absolutely NO desire to run a marathon.” I’m not sure when that was. I think it was before I ever ran my first half marathon. And even after the first half marathon I didn’t really have a desire to run longer than 13.1. Until I had my kids and realized that I could get 3-4 hours of peace and quiet and time by myself every weekend?!! All I had to do was train for a marathon? Heck ya….where do I sign up?? And now, 4 marathons later, I’m pretty sure that I am considered a long distance runner now.
We are a unique breed in my opinion….possibly slightly crazy I would even venture to say?
I’ve come up with some characteristics of long distance runners that I’d like to share. Now these are definitely not all encompassing, but I think that if you took a poll, most long distance runners would probably admit to 10 out of 12!!
1. You wear compression socks even when you aren’t running, and I’m not talking for recovery. But because you LIKE to wear them. CHECK!
2. You get butterfly’s waiting for race registration to open up online. CHECK!
3. There is a cabinet in your kitchen specifically for fueling/hydration. CHECK!
4. You have watched a marathon on TV. To the average person it’s almost as exciting as watching paint dry. CHECK!
5. You have painted your toes….where the toenail USED to be. *This has actually never happened to ME, but to most of my long distance runner friends.* *12/2015 I finally lost my first toenail. It was a very sad day as I took a lot of pride in saying that I had never lost one.*
6. You have nightmares about forgetting your GPS watch on race day. CHECK CHECK!
7. You can remember all of your race PR’s but you can’t remember the year of your child’s birthday. Yep, that just happened to me…..*sigh* CHECK
8. You have turned down a night out with your friends or a date with your husband because you have to get up early the next day for your long run. CHECK CHECK CHECK
9. You document your mileage, pace and every detail of your run using an online tracker AND an old fashioned paper journal. CHECK CHECK!
10. You own multiple torture devices. CHECK!
11. You wear Kinesiology tape like it’s a fashion accessory. OHHH, Definitely CHECK!
12. You see an orthopedic doctor, a physical therapist, a chiropractor, a masseuse and an acupuncturist to keep you running. Sometimes all in the same week. *Ok, so I’ve never seen an acupuncturist.*
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