Here is a list of 10 of my running idiosyncrasies.
Read through them and when you’re done, please leave one of yours in the comments.
Let’s see what kind of a list we can get going!
1. “Hold on a sec, my sports watch is locating satellites.”
I’ll admit, this is quirky.
More often than not, I’ll be outside to start my run (sometimes in extremely cold weather), waiting for up to two minutes for the satellites to get picked up by my Garmin running watch.
-30 degrees Celsius with the wind-chill and there I stand, waiting. All set to go, but I wait …. for those satellites!
Because we runners like our stats that much.
2. A great vacation includes a lot of running.
My family and I try to take one beach vacation per year in the winter. I live in Canada where the winters are long and harsh so, it’s pretty much a necessity in my view.
When I return from my trips people always ask how the trip went and what we got up to.
My response usually goes as follows.
“It was awesome. I went for a run every day, hit up the beach lots, read some books and ate like a pig.”
To me this is normal.
Other get caught up with the fact that I ran everyday on my…gasp, vacation!
3. Runners take cabs and public transport home.
I like to explore the city or town I am running in. Even if it’s where I live. And let’s face it, running the same old loops near your house gets boring quick.
My solution, run in a straight line from home – sometimes up to 30 km away.
Explore a new neighbourhood or trail. I am a coffee snob and often will pick a coffee shop in a different part of town to run to.
Hell, get lost even!
How do I get home?
A cab of course 🙂 When I lived in London, UK I took the tube.
I remember once getting out of a cab at home once after a 22km run. My sister-in-law wondered if I was hurt or the laziest runner around as I stepped out, cappuccino in hand.
Nope, just exploring.
4. Cold baths.
You might think that after a 30 km run one would want to come home and have a nice hot bath or shower.
After all, you earned it right?
Nope, runners like to fill the tub with ice and cold water and read the latest edition of Runner’s World – all in the name of recovery.
Who wants a nice bath when your legs needs to recover as soon as humanly possible for the next run?
5. Beer, coffee and cookies make great recovery fuel.
You just ran for over an hour and burned 1,200 calories.
And all of those health benefits happening magically inside your body – amazing, right?
Rewarding yourself after a great run is a wonderful thing. And that means a coffee, cookie or beer in my case.
So wrong, but so right,
6. The world is our bathroom.
I know you’ve done it. So have I 🙂
You’re mid-run, nowhere near a bathroom and nature is calling in a big way.
Runners hate stopping.
Distress kicks in. Panic even.
There’s a tree and it appears to be the most private spot around.
Squats are good for runners anyway, right?
7. Virtual running buddies.
Runners are online and social in a big way.
Maybe too much?
We share the details of our runs with strangers from all over the world using apps and social media.
There is even an online community called the Daily Mile where runners share their workouts and support each other.
Virtual running buddies – the next best thing, to a real person, to share your run with.
8. We have toys too.
When I am training for a race, I use the foam roller lots.
In fact, it’s always around and often in the way.
”Daddy, you have to put away your toys too.”
9. Shoe fetishes.
I always have 3-4 pairs of running shoes in my current rotation.
I certainly have a “go-to” shoe, the Mizuno Wave Creation, but feel the need to try others to see how they both perform and look.
Check out Pete Larson’s collection from 2013 – Time For a New Shoe Rack!
And my wife thought I had a problem!
10. We’re envious creatures.
This one still puzzles me.
I could have gone for a great 15-20 km run early Sunday morning and finished it with a cappuccino at my favorite coffee shop. A perfect morning.
But, later that day if I see someone else running, I feel envious. There is no reason to I know, but the feeling never escapes me for some reason.
What would you add to this list? Let’s hear in the comments below.
Want some more? Check out Jason Fitzgerald’s post “The 13 Weirdest Things Runners Do“. Thanks for the inspiration for this post Jason!
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