...you know the truth about "restless leg syndrome."
...you are the only one of your friends who knows about the Barefoot vs. Shoes debate raging in the world right now. (p.s. here is a great talk on that subject, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_usxrvKvus )
...you wish that you could take a mile between class periods.
...bike lanes are running lanes.
...concrete=fair, asphalt=good, gravel=great, dirt trail=nirvana
i remember that kid wrote:
-if you've revived a dead thread on letsrun
you run on your lunch break
- when people ask you how old you are you reply "35 to 39".
...you can't play any other sports because you don't know how to slow down.
...you can sleep anywhere, at any time.
...there are no other sports, only bastardized forms of running.
...it takes nothing short of a hurricane to make you sleep in.
...blank looks are no longer annoying.
...running is more than just a way to get somewhere.
...ibuprofen is candy to you.
...you can tell someone's speed, height, weight, from their stride.
...your choices of dream jobs would be: cross country or track coach, running shoes store owner, professional runner.
...you can't remember the first time you ran 10 miles.
...your body doesn't digest food; it burns it.
...when some jogger talks about doing a hard three miles, you have to force yourself to look impressed, or at least nonplussed, rather than laugh in their face.
...you scent the wind like a wolf for hints of rain.
...you could use the soles of your feet to sharpen a knife.
...the lack of bagels, bread or tortillas in your house is a legitimate excuse to drop everything (homework, work, arguments, etc.) and head to the supermarket.
...the rest of your family knows NEVER to leave food unattended for too long.
...you feel like a superhero concealing their identity when others talk about their 5K PR of 20:00
...The Flash isn't your favorite superhero...PRE is!
you read this entire thread
you do mile repeats one day and an easy 5 the next and think nothing of it
you feel like death, but at the same time, you could not feel more alive
you havent worn jeans in forever
ussain bolt has nothing on hicham el guerrouj
you are a guy and you feel weird not wearing spandex
you plan a day off, but that never happens
you have a kick-ass sock tan
a grown man tells you his nipples hurt , and instead of laughing at him you empathize ...
You've wasted the best years of your life chasing a stupid pipe dream... and you're going to waste a couple more because it's been time well wasted.
You've ever rifled through your hamper for running shorts, sniffed them, winced, and put them on anyway.
You've ever taken your dog out for a run and stopped for a walk break halfway back because the dog couldn't take it anymore
Your doctors have told you that you need to stop losing weight
You haven't had your period in months.
you keep your old running shoes from 3 years ago with more holes than swiss cheese that threaten the ozone layer, but you've managed to lose that necklace your boyfriend gave you a month ago.
Your definition of "hairstyle" is always having an elastic on your wrist
You keep a photo of Kara Goucher in your wallet, but not your family or friends
You've gotten a buzz off that new-running-shoe smell, right when they come out of the box.
You take a crap in the middle of the city you live in during your run in the middle of the day with the cover of a few awkwardly placed bushes
You feel that anything under 3 miles is unworthy of being recorded in your log book.
You have, or once had a log book.
There is a major difference between 5 miles easy and 5 miles hard.
You like the feel of the wind in your hair after a fresh haircut.
You are wearing spandex right now.
You have practice tomorow.
You aren't that good, but you aspire to be the best.
You tuck toilet paper into your shorts liner before heading out the door.
When you are injured, a relative remarks how healthy you look, that your "cheeks have filled out." Glancing over your shoulder at your butt, you reply,"I was afraid of that."
Regardless of what type of run you're doing, you refuse to let anybody else running pass you.