This page aims to be the official list of ”You know You’re a Runner When…” Let us know below if we missed something.

  1. you have a drawer full of medals and other race souvenirs that you’re not sure what to do with.
  2. you have stress fractures.
  3. your coworkers refer to you as “the masochist”.
  4. you have 3% or less body fat.
  5. You know you’re a runner when watching the New York Marathon on T.V. made you get up and go for a run.
  6. losing a toe nail isn’t so bad.
  7. you can pronounce those funny Kenyan names.
  8. you can hallucinate and get high at the same time without taking anything.
  9. you know the amount of time needed to digest before you run.
  10. You know you’re a runner when you know what a PR is.
  11. you enjoy running in the rain.
  12. your treadmill has more miles on it than your car.
  13. you get an invitation to a wedding and you automatically think about what race the date will conflict with.
  14. you’re not embarrassed to wear spandex.
  15. You know you’re a runner when the salespeople at your local running shop know you by name.
  16. you’re always hungry.
  17. at least one of your web site usernames or email addresses has the word “run” or “runner” in it.
  18. you know your resting heart rate, maximum heart rate, and exactly what your heart rate is at all parts of your run.
  19. you pack more running clothes than bathing suits when going on a beach vacation.
  20. You know you’re a runner when you have running clothes and an extra pair of running shoes in your car, “just in case.”
  21. your holiday wish list can be fulfilled at any running or sporting goods store.
  22. one of the first things people ask you when they haven’t seen you in a while is, “What race are you training for now?”
  23. you have at least one drawer dedicated to just running clothes.
  24. you wear your running shorts underneath your work clothes so that you can quickly get running after work.
  25. You know you’re a runner when you drive by a golf course and think what a nice place it would be to run.
  26. you know where your illiotibial band is located.
  27. you no longer hate port-a-johns. In fact, there have been times when you’ve been very happy to see one.
  28. you’ve had your running shoes for three months and you know it’s already time to replace them.
  29. you spend more time researching running routes than local restaurants when traveling to a new city.
  30. You know you’re a runner when you can remember a time from a race 4 years ago, but you can’t remember your friend’s birthdays.
  31. you know splits are something that not only cheerleaders care about.
  32. your physical therapist’s receptionist knows you by the sound of your voice on the phone.
  33. you know how to correctly spell and pronounce plantar fasciitis.
  34. your Facebook or Twitter updates frequently involve running.
  35. You know you’re a runner when your only recent photos of you alone are race photos.
  36. you have a line in your budget for “race entry fees/race travel”.
  37. you get excited when the new Runner’s World comes in the mail.
  38. you spent more timing researching a running watch than you did your car.
  39. you want to either cry or punch your doctor in the face when he tells you that you can’t run for two weeks.
  40. You know you’re a runner when you’re excited for your next birthday because it means you’ll be in a new age group at races.
  41. You know the location of every convenience store, public restroom, and water fountain in running distance from your home.
  42. your friends know to never call you after 9 pm.
  43. you get up earlier to run on the weekends than you do for school/work.
  44. you know that cotton is not the best fabric for running.
  45. You know you’re a runner when you think of distances in terms of mile repeats.
  46. when someone asks you what you did today, you respond with a number.
  47. you wear running T-shirts with funny slogans.
  48. when you hear the word “bib”, you think about a race number, not a baby.
  49. you spend more money on running clothes than work or casual clothes.
  50. You know you’re a runner when the only time major household projects get done is during tapering or race recovery.
  51. you frequently get asked, “When’s your next race?”
  52. you have chafing in strange places.
  53. people say, “You run 5 miles…at once?”
  54. you use the words “10 miles” and “Easy” in the same sentence.
  55. You know you’re a runner when you check your calendar for races before making plans.
  56. you spend more in training clothes than work clothes.
  57. you have running withdrawal if you don’t run everyday.
  58. you wake up every morning in pain.
  59. you enjoy running hills repeats.
  60. You know you’re a runner when your running in your dreams.
  61. you have no life besides running.
  62. you’ve used an old race shirt to wash your car.
  63. you always have your next race on the calendar.
  64. your runs are sometimes longer than your commute to work or school.
  65. You know you’re a runner when your running partners know more about your bodily functions than your significant other.
  66. you get jealous when you’re driving in your car and pass runners.
  67. you own more pairs of running socks than dress socks.
  68. you have more fun shopping for running clothes than you do non-running clothes.
  69. you don’t blink an eye at $100 for running shoes, but you have to think about $100 for any other shoes.
  70. You know you’re a runner when you save bib numbers in a scrap book.
  71. you know to the hundredth of a mile how far it is around your neighborhood.
  72. you know when all the latest running shoes are coming out.
  73. you know every runner in you’re community.
  74. your first thought when you look at the weekly weather forecast is, “When can I fit in my runs?”
  75. You know you’re a runner when you have more running clothes than regular clothes in your laundry pile.
  76. you smirk when non-runners ask you, “So how long is this marathon?”
  77. you consider work as recovery time between runs.
  78. you own spandex in more than 1 color.
  79. your watch is more expensive and complicated than your car.
  80. You know you’re a runner when you secretly critique other runners’ form when you’re driving in your car.