|HS GUY WHO ROCKS|
1. You run everywhere
2. You were the fastest guy in your class
3. You always wear running shoes.
4. Your favorite event at the Olympics is track
5. People always say "you seem like a born runner".
6. You beat everyone running "gassers" across the field or basketball court in gym class prior to competing in TF/XC.
7. People looking at you and asking, unprovoked, "are you a runner?"
|lucy in the sky with diamonds|
1. no, i drive a car a lot because i can
2. yes, this is important in being born a runner
3. no, just because you wear tennis shoes doesn't mean you are a "born tennis player"
4. yes, a born runner wouldn't favor any event over running
5. no, who just walks up to someone and says you seem like a born runner"? that would just be weird.
The first signs of the proto-runner are not found in the athletic domain. They are increasing awareness of dateless loser status and the co-evolution of clinical introversion during junior hs and hs era. This is associated with a switch to increasingly intense, solo exercise activity. The simplest and easiest of which is to run. Soon, the proto-runner discovers LR and realizes although he is ostracized at hs there's a whole tribe of LRBF pounding the forests and roads all around the world. Jim Ryun would have been one of the board's most prolific posters if the net were around then.
The legendary regime of the notorious Coach Timmons would draw more critique than it did then.
But. It is good that their displacement focus is running because otherwise it may focus externally on rage and perception of denied rights. The psychological tipping point between the LRBF in one direction and the Columbine pepetrators in another is never clear.
13. you have little or no self esteem, and for good reason
14. you have bird legs and no amount of squats will make them grow
15. you make fun of other slower runners with low self esteem to make yourself feel better about having bird legs
16. you don't have the motor coordination to play soccer