You Know You’re a Long Distance Runner When…..

Recently, I’ve had some experiences in my life reaffirm the fact that I love long distance running. Without further ado, a non-comprehensive list…..

You know you’re a long distance runner when… you haven’t been out to your favorite trail for long runs in 2 weeks and you feel like the world is ending.

Is the trail even still there? Does it know I exist? Has it forgotten me?

You know you’re a long distance runner when… you have your pre-long run breakfast standardized, and rather than risk what a hotel might or might not have, you travel to your marathon with food and bowl.

I like to have oatmeal, peanut butter, and a banana as my pre-long run/marathon breakfast. I then like to have a snack of raisins and dark chocolate chips closer to the start for some last minute energy.

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You know you’re a long distance runner when… you discover at an expo that there are flavors of clif shots you didn’t even know existed and get way too excited.

And then, of course, the only thing to do is to:

You know you’re a long distance runner when… rather than wincing at blisters or black toenails, your only reaction is: huh, I haven’t gotten one there before.

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But then, there had to be some patch of skin not yet marred by blister, right?

You know you’re a long distance runner when… you do a yoga dvd for post-marathon recovery and your trashed quads scream at you the entire time.

How is holding warrior three for 30 seconds harder than running for three hours??

You know you’re a long distance runner when… you’re last marathon felt kinda like this for the last 6 miles……..

……………..

But you already can’t wait to do it again!

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