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...you've ever walked around with your hands in your pockets just so you could feel your quads flex with each stride.
...you always run on the dirt/gravel/grass right next to the paved bike path.
...you understand that the wind can in fact be in your face for the entire 400 meters of the track.
...you've ever intentionally run through the sketchy part of town to ensure you get a good workout.
...you learn the most about your teammates during practices where not one word is spoken.
...you've ever gotten pissed about a bloody nose because you're losing valuable red blood cells.
cut class to run.(yes it's true)
run in the rain. (more like singing in the rain)
you smile at the thought of a 10 miler.
jonesing for that runner high.
the clerks at the department store remember you and haven't bought anything.
continue running even when your nose starts bleeding.
actually know what the word pronation means.
ambition is to beat the kenyans at their own game.
pronounce those kenyan names
think road races should be featured on ESPN as much as the other sports.
checking this site out everyday
skinny guy who eats as much as a sumo wrestler
lapping everyone on track on an easy day.
laugh when someone tell you 800m is long distance.
aspirations to run across the mexican border and not get caught.
look like a bulemic eat like a monster.
everyone in the gym asks you for advise on losing weight.
saturday night fever is a shearing treadmill tempo run.
actually considering nonanistetic circumsition to booast my pain tolerance. (as those who don't know, kenyans attibute this ritual to their running success. They say when you feel pain running they remember no painkiller surgery ritual, it helps a lot):>
weigh 120 pounds and wish you were less.
want an altitude tent for christmas.
consider forrest gump one of the great running legends.
when people give you a ride you say nahh I rather walk.
wear a weight vest and ankle weight everywhere you go. don't leave home without it.
hard time explaining to airport security what you are doing with a weight vest which incidentally looks like a bulletproof vest, and ankle weights which do look dangerous on a 120 pound guy.
any run at the track is ready to blow up into a full blown race at anytime with anyone.
mom tells you to get a real job.
the name boston billy give you goose bumps.
people from other neighbourhoods think you look familiar or live in their district.
waiters at the local buffet restraunt recognize you as the spaggettie monster.
actually considering adding that third aerobics class today because you don't feel tired enough.
actually wonder sometimes if you can go on eating indefinately.
hungry 30 mins after food.
you are the one man cleanup crew for whatever is left on the dinner table.
can recommend the best pain medication off the top of your head for different conditions.
think you know more than the person working at the shoe store.
yoga is your religion
olive garden is where you hang out.
the endless pasta bowl has met it's match
it's winter and only you are doing intervals.
people ask you if you are cold in those shorts and t shirt at home.
runner and also a contender for lightweight champion of the world eating the most hotdogs.
commit all the dietary no no's and actually lose weight.
you hate walking up steps
you own a gallon drum of gatorade mix
you lie in bed with your feet propped up on the wall
you have more than 4 ice bags in your freezer
you could open a running shoe store from your closet
on rainy days people ask you "Did you fall in the mud?"
Oh so true, the football benches in lane 1 have caused quite a stir in the heart rate when warming up in the track...also, when you want to kill the football team for walking on the track in cleats, yet you can't walk on their precious field in trainers
you think your fat when you wieght 140 pounds.
people call you crazy for running and you say yeah so...
on nice days, you don't want to stop running.
30 seconds is a lot of time to lose for you.
the internal question: spikes or flats?
ice is nice!
football players are amazed at your workouts.
another popular question: YOU run for fun?
our sport is others punishment.
6 minutes is a slow opening mile.
- For Halloween you handed out Gu, Power Gel and Cliff Shots instead of real candy
- You can drive through your neighborhood blindfolded and not get lost.
- When someone offers to give you a ride home from work or school you refuse and run the 11 miles instead
- You have more shoes than a FootLocker store
i really liked the not being able to sprain your ankles anymore and the telling people distances in meters ones.
every time it's 33 degrees out, windy and raining you think about that nasty 10 miler/workout you did that one time in those conditions.
You've had more insults yelled at you while running than any other time in your life combined.
You go to mcdonalds and have 3 or 4 quarter pounders as a snack after supper(used to do this in high school a lot) and still never gain weight.
Eat the biggest plate of spaghetti you've ever had and be starving within 30 minutes.
Made fun of the ROTC people dying on their morning jog at 6am.
if you've scoffed at military people trying to impress you with the times they had to get up to run.
Think that running for an hour is not that long.
Run a mile faster on your warmup than anyone else you know at full speed.
Went outside without a shirt on in 60 degree weather because you know you'll get too hot.
Have heard of Coos Bay, Oregon.
Know what Hayward Field looks like even though you've never been within a 1000 miles of it.
Know how many miles your shoes have travelled.
Think walking a mile or two to a bar to avoid having to drive is not that bad.
i actually had a nosebleed and it cost me 49 places at the NYS class c champs, i was ranked 4th. at the way f***ing too dry hotel lost enough blood to soak through my pillow cover the corner of the bed and pour onto the floor. that really sucked
...not ashamed to discuss bodily functions (or perform bodily functions for that matter)in public
...find humor in other's running form
...can relate anything to running
...can recognize a teammate by the sound of their breathing
...have nasty sports bra tan lines in your prom picture
...racing is the only reason good enough to shave your legs
...any number is easily memorized by relating it to a PR, WR, or how far you can run in that amount of time
Saw this some time ago on Dyestat, it's my favorite.
"You've ever been walking, and seen someone walking ahead of you, and walked faster just to pass them."
All props to Scribreb
...if your heart wakes your girlfriend up, and if she can check your pulse from across a quiet room.
...a good friend dies while running, you feel bad but don't even consider not running that afternoon or the next few days.
...on 9/11/02 your team met, stared at each other and did 8 mi.
...you've ever been the only person on a golf course.
...would drive farther for a run than for your commute.
...you have ever chugged water while pissing.
...you own a stack of white T-shirts that goes past your waist.
...you have mastered the art of cooking pasta so completly that you can make, on demand, a batch of any size that is neither burned nor dry, yet it doesn't require any water to be strained out.
...the above can also be done with rice.
...have nightmares of being chased but get away in them easily.
...you have contests to see who has the most blisters on their feet.
...you can recognize your friends when you are running by their breathing and footfall.
...you have a crush on Dathan Ritzenhein, and non runners have no idea who that is but your teamates all have posters and autographs
...you eat and enjoy the cafeteria food after practice.
...8 hours of sleep leaves you cranky.
...your closet is filled with running shoes and nothing else.
...your date includes a team dinner.
...you know all your competition's best times and when they ran them.
...you love the smell of Icy Hot and it makes you nervous.
...when you know that LSD is not really drugs but a great run
...when you talk in terms of CT, PPM, LR, Intervals, splits, 5K, 10K, repeats...etc
Go Hillsdale Women Chargers!!!!!!