We posed this question to our followers and fans and got some hilariously clever responses.
There's no question that runners are of a different breed than non-runners (aka the "Muggles," a Harry Potter-inspired name used by my college team to describe those that don't enjoy running for miles on end). As diverse a group as we are, we certainly share some quirky qualities.
You know you're a runner when __________.
Heather M. - You scoff at paying $10 for a movie ticket, but you'll happily pay $20 for a 5-K hat you hope lasts less than 30 minutes.
Nikki I. - You have more running clothes than regular clothes.
Dan W. - You actually get upset when you can't run.
Drew H. - You can no longer stand the word "jog" or "jogger."
Josalyn W. - Someone asks you how far the beach is, and you say, "2.68 miles, unless you run around the block first. Then it's 3.77 miles."
William C. - You do laundry and you realize more than half of what you're washing is running gear.
Elizabeth A. - You try to go for a walk, and the entire time you think about wanting to just break out into a run.
Suzanne S. - When you're driving, you think, "This would be a great road to run on."
Emma C. - You wake up in the morning and plan your day around your run.
Josh H. - When you're asked how your weekend was, you can only reply in miles and time splits.
Linda D. - You pass up Friday nights out with your friends because you have to get up Saturday to do your long run.
Matthew S. - You think about running while running.
Andrew H. - Not running hurts more than running.
Cheryl K. - You don't giggle when someone says "fartlek."
Herb C. - You read hundreds of comments by runners laughing and agreeing with 99% of them!