Luckily for me, lots of my friends are runners. However, I still have a great number of friends and family members who just don’t get lots of things that us runners don’t think twice about. The other day I was thinking about a few of these things that non runners just don’t get and thought it’d be fun to see what y’all thought.
- Paying money to run the same route you normally run on a Saturday morning. I can’t count the number of people who have said something like “you PAID money to run???” Yes, yes I did and I’ll do it again and again and again. And hey, did you see that medal I got???
- Talking openly about bodily functions. I try not to be gross but I enjoy knowing that I can openly discuss my PRP (if you run, you KNOW what that means) with my runner buddies. We can complain about the nasty state of the pre-race port o potties and commiserate together. Non runners tend to find this type of conversation highly inappropriate. Who knew?
- Why wearing compression socks post run to run errands around town or under your dress at work is totally appropriate. I mean, if you run a race on a Sunday, chances are you are still recovering Monday. I will say that my coworkers have gotten used to me coming in to work after a race, sitting at my desk and throwing on compression socks while I’m working at my desk. They still think it’s weird and don’t understand, but I’m working on them!
- Why saying “you’re almost done” at mile 20 of a marathon is cause for a death glare. Oh my word. Don’t get me started on how annoying this is! The only time you can say “almost done” during a race is literally in the last .25 of the race. At any other time, you are opening yourself up to some serious side eye.
- A marathon is 26.2 miles. Anything else is not a marathon. Have you ever had a non runner talk to you about their 5k marathon? Yeah, I know. It’s actually kind of cute hearing about that one time they ran a marathon in 30 minutes. Oh, non runners. 🙂
What would you add to this list??