Running can quickly take over every aspect of your life, including the more personal parts.
You consider running shoes a perfectly acceptable shoe choice with jeans.1 of 16
They may not be the most fashionable footwear, but they're comfortable. Not to mention expensive enough to replace a few years' worth of standard tennies.
You take vacations only in conjunction with a destination race.2 of 16
Because a nice, relaxing vacation sounds so boring.
You regularly use running terms in everyday conversation.3 of 16
And then you're confused when non-runners don't understand what you're saying. You're not referring to an illegal drug when you talk about your LSD last weekend.
You get weird looks when you struggle climbing stairs the day after a speedwork or long run.4 of 16
It can get awkward.
You skip nights out or head home early because you want to get in a morning run.5 of 16
Beauty sleep? More like PR sleep.
Your social media feeds are full of all things running.6 of 16
You might not be in on the latest celebrity gossip, but you do know what Meb is doing every day of his life—or at least, whatever he cares to share on Twitter.
You meet another runner at a party and are instantly BFFs.7 of 16
"Finally—someone who gets me!"
Your significant other knows better than to make weekend plans without consulting you first.8 of 16
Because weekends are for long runs.
You divide your circle of friends into running friends and non-running friends.9 of 16
And you're working on converting the non-runners.
You rate nail polish colors by their ability to cover up black toenails.10 of 16
It's the only way you'll wear sandals.
The quality of a run defines your day.11 of 16
Bad run? Watch for crankiness.
A large chunk of your paycheck goes to running.12 of 16
But you're OK with it. Race fees aren't cheap, but they're worth it.
You have music playlists or podcasts for each distance.13 of 16
This podcast will be perfect for my 9-miler!
You receive running apparel for every birthday, anniversary and holiday.14 of 16
And it's the best thing ever.
"Do you run?" is one of the first (and most important) questions you ask on a first date.15 of 16
The answer will determine whether a second date is in the cards.