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You Know That Running Has Taken Over Your Life When…


So I was on the phone to my mother, as I often am on a Saturday, and I told her I’d been out for a long run already, as I often am on a Saturday, and she said, and it didn’t sound entirely complementary…

“I think running has taken over your life.”

Now, it’s true that running has become my major hobby in middle age and that I would be devastated if something happened to me and I couldn’t run. It’s also true that I came to it late enough in life that I’m still improving, and therefore, it’s continually exciting. But, hey, I only run every other day on average and very rarely more than 40 miles a week, even when training for a marathon. I barely run five hours a week; throw in some stretching and walking and a drive to and from a race once a week, if that, and perhaps I spend eight hours a week on my running. I know people watch that much TV every day. Hell, I could spend that long in a pub on a given day back in London in my teens.

So, I went on to the Onteora Runners’ Club Yahoo group, explained the above, and asked people to finish this sentence:

And got some wonderful responses. As I suspected, I still have a long way to go …
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From David B.,
You know that running has taken over your life when…

when you have 12 pairs of running shoes one or two for different running events

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From Cliff,
You know that running has taken over your life when…

“after your yearly physical, your doctor can offer no suggestions for improvement.”

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From Lisa G.,
You know that running has taken over your life when…

when you go away on a vacation and you need an extra big suitcase just to have room for all your running stuff..

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From Steve S. (and I think this one was aimed at me)
You know that running has taken over your life when…

when u start wearing vibrams

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From Dave C., who evidently has plenty experience on the subject….
You know that running has taken over your life when…

1. When you prefer your long run (or any run) to sex.

2. When you are forced to run laps around your house (9 to the mile)
with a baby monitor on your front porch while during your toddler’s nap.

3. When you hold up a plane in Dayton, Ohio because you try to fit in
a 5-miler at the airport while waiting for your connection.

4. When you do all your runs at night under the lights back and forth
through Woodstock for about 10 years because the only time you can run is
after your kids are in bed.

5. When you have a sick fascination for running in horrible
weather-the worse, the better-especially during snowstorms or when health
alerts are issued.

6. When your favorite clothes to wear are your racing shorts and
singlets.

7. When you wish you were even older than you already are so you could
have more time to qualify for Boston or so you could be more competitive as
a newbie in the next age category.

8. When an injury strikes and you become temporarily insane.

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And from Dick V., who ran every single day for over 33 years until injury finally got in the way, appropriately enough with the last word:
You know that running has taken over your life when…

What Life?

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