Are You A Real Runner?

New runners are often prone to saying "I’m not a real runner," as if there’s a litmus test for such an entity. Okay, maybe there is. Work it out for yourself. You know you’re a real runner when:
  • 1. You eat energy bars when you don’t have to.
  • 2. You can find a place to pee anywhere, any time.
  • 3. You’ve had the same unopened packet of frozen peas in your freezer for the last two years.
  • 4. Your running shoes are the first thing you pack for your summer holiday.
  • 5. When walking in a crowd, you make a conscious effort to catch and pass the person in front of you.
  • 6. The staff at your local specialist running shop greet you by name when you walk in.
  • 7. Your osteopath sends you Christmas cards.
  • 8. Every time you climb a flight of stairs, you put your fingers to your wrist to check your heart rate - then go back and do it again.
  • 9. You can’t remember your mother’s birthday, but you can rattle off your last five 10K times, including the seconds - and you know they’re faster than hers.
  • 10. When you read this list, you think, "Is this supposed to be funny?"