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Why I’m a Runner and How I Knew

As my first contribution to Runner’s Lounge Take it and Run Thursday (posted a little late, sorry!), I’m going to briefly finish this sentence: I knew I was a runner when…

I knew I was a runner when I…

  • started going to bed early so that I could be sure to get enough rest for my run (I am a terrible night owl).
  • started waking up regularly on Saturday mornings at 5:00 a.m. to beat the heat for long training runs (summer 2005).
  • started craving pasta.
  • stopped craving Dr. Pepper and started wanting more and more water.
  • talked about running even when I could see the other person was bored.
  • did the water test to find out what kind of running gait I have
  • didn’t feel guilty paying full price for running shoes I knew wouldn’t hurt/cause blisters/were right for my gait.
  • learned why hyponatremia is, how to spell it, why I should be more afraid of it than dehydration (no marathon runner has ever died of dehydration, but several have died of hyponatremia).
  • stopped “fitting in” runs whenever and started scheduling my life around my runs.
  • bought my first pair of “biker’s shorts” and wasn’t afraid to wear them in public.
  • woke up before the sun 4 days a week during the summer to beat the heat (summer 2007).
  • actually admired my legs in the mirror (instead of being disgusted).
  • dropped two dress sizes (summer 2005).
  • stopped being disgusted by sweating.
  • graduated from Vasoline to Body Glide.
  • started to understand why athletes sat funny in class.
  • started wearing tennis shoes to walk from my car to the English building because I had to go up and down lots of stairs (the underpass on Grand) and I didn’t want to risk injury during training.
  • finally understood why people might wear sweatbands and considered buying one for myself.

Okay, so slightly more than the 13 words that Runner’s Lounge asks for, but once you start, you just can’t stop. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’ll keep adding to this list as I think of other signs that I told me I must finally be a runner.

Check out Kevin’s list too!

EDIT: I just looked a little further down on the Runner’s Lounge blog and discovered that maybe I misunderstood. Just to cover my bases, here is a 13-word statement about why I run.

Running makes me feel more alive than anything else I do in life.

2 thoughts on “Why I’m a Runner and How I Knew

  1. Linden

    01 Jul on 2008 at 5:58

    @kevin: Thanks! Yours was inspiring, obviously. :)

    Dontcha just love the blank stares from those conversations? :)

    Oooh! This wine quote made me think of you!

  2. Kevin

    29 Jun on 2008 at 12:55

    Great list. I know I too have bored many a person to death with talk about V02 max and glycogen synthesis.