These are the things that only those who enjoy pounding the pavement mile after mile find completely normal to say to each other.
"I can't, I have my long run."1 of 13
You've definitely used this excuse more times than you can count, but really, it's not even an excuse. You're not going to let your friend's sister's kid's third birthday mess up your training plan, are you?
"I really have to poop."2 of 13
Runners talk about poop a lot. What can we say? It comes with the territory. And it's not even weird to tell your running buddy that you need to find a porta potty--or a really big tree--fast. They'll understand, and maybe even respond with a, "Yeah, me too."
"On your left!"3 of 13
It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, especially when it comes to the track. You've definitely said--or shouted--this one once or twice.
"Does your watch have a signal yet?"4 of 13
We've all been there--you're about to go for a run with your run squad, but your GPS watch is taking forever to find the satellite. Obviously, you have to ask around to see what the deal is.
"Is that really what I look like when I run?"5 of 13
Okay, so maybe you only say this in your head as you're looking at your race pictures, but it still totally counts.
"My toenail fell off the other day."6 of 13
If you run long distances, you've probably experienced this a few times. And to the horror of your non-runner friends, you've brought it up in conversation just as many.
"I'm just going to go out for an easy three."7 of 13
Or easy five. Or easy seven. Really, anything that isn't speed work is pretty easy, right?
"They discontinued my running shoes, and my life is over."8 of 13
We feel your pain.
"That last [insert track workout phrase] really hammered me."9 of 13
Twelve quarters under 60? Four mile repeats at tempo? If you can decipher this language, you're guilty. This is the runner's equivalent of bro-talk. A gym rat might talk about how much they've lifted and how burnt out they are. Runners like to humble-brag about their track workouts.
"I'm registering under a different name."10 of 13
For the truly hardcore, Athlinks and other race results sites are a source of great pride. If you need to pace a friend or you're running just for fun, then you might have a phony name that you race under so your real results are left untarnished.
"I have this pain in my [insert body part]."11 of 13
The chronic pain in your butt, the tightness in your hamstring, the dagger feeling in the arch of your foot. If you're often complaining about achy limbs, you're a runner.
"Strava, or it didn't happen."12 of 13
This one crosses the line. C'mon. Let's not get crazy.