Warm weather is now upon us, especially now that July is here. Nearly everyone is doing some sort of outdoor fitness. One of the most popular ones is running.
I have gotten back into running over the past year, previously writing about "runner's high." You see folks out and about early in the morning to late at night running, walking, and/or jogging. It's that season.
Also, for my fellow runners out there, here's a sign that you are a runner or have become a runner.
1. You have purchased merchandise such as bright T-shirts, shorter shorts, headbands, bright vests, and watches like Garmin and the newly famous FitBit.
2. You buy new tennis shoes every few months, and have them specially fitted for your foot.
3. You know what runner's knot is.
4. You have a set day (for most , the end of the week) to do your long runs.
5. You have at least three running routes.
6. You have raced in or are already registered for at least three races this year.
7. You go to bed and arise early so you can get early morning runs in. Got to beat the heat and humidity!
8. You have a steady supply of Band-Aids and possibly nipple guards.
9. You have found wireless earphones can be your friend on your runs.
10. You're in a running club (shout-out to RTR!)
11. You keep a steady supply of running gels, water, hand towels, and bananas.
12. You know and like to avoid the hilly roads and trails.
13. You pay more attention to the weather forecast and take full advantage on days when it's between 60-75 degrees.
14. You have actually ran in light rain.
15. You have a favorite race that you run annually.
16. You schedule everything (work, vacations, social outings) around running.
17. You have apps on your phone such as Nike running and RunKeeper.
What are some other ways you can define yourself as a runner? Do you relate to all or some of the above?