1. Your wardrobe is dri-fit.
We agree. It’s the most convenient and useful piece of clothing. All those day-to-evening fashion statements should start including dri-fit. Sometimes, we even try to wear a black dri-fit shirt and convince yourself that if you stand really far, it would look like a classy velvet dress. At the very least, other equally obsessed runners in the room would agree.
2. You know a 100 Apps and tracker devices to monitor your workout.
There’s one for nutrition. Hopefully, Lor Mee is going to be legitimate entry in that one. There’s also another that syncs up to your Polar heart rate belt and yet another maybe for the step tracker tied to your shoes. It is probably as inconvenient as it sounds, but accuracy is key. It’s everything, really. How else should I know if I’m on track for a sub-4 hour marathon?
3. Your diary has “long run” scheduled as importantly as a meeting.
If your friends ask for a Friday night party followed by Saturday lounge movie marathon, that’s great. But all that needs to happen after your weekend long run. It’s not something you can reschedule, cut short, or consider removing. Oh the horror, of course not! It’s as important as your boss calling you in for a meeting.
4. You know every lingo possible.
PB, reps, sets, 75% HRmax,… Basically every short forms (or long forms or other cultural variations) are known to you. That’s your language. You could even remove all the connecting words in between. Like “26.2 miles PB?” and you’ve conveyed everything you had planned to. Somehow, you can even decipher those complicated marketing languages such as “moisture wicking,” “seamless technology,” “performance enhancer” and what not. To everyone else, it’s just going to say “shirt for exercise.”
5. You measure how far your office is to your home by the average running distance.
Probably every other obsessed runner: I know the distance from Clementi to Bukit Batok MRT might be about 7-8 KM so it takes roughly an hour to get there. You probably could take the PIE (Tuas) down but I’m not sure.
6. You’re convinced the world hates you when it starts raining before you run.
It’s ridiculous. Every self-help book and normal logical person would be able to tell you NO, that the rain is a result of condensation and the accumulation of cloud droplets. But all these get thrown out of the window when the weather has ungraciously disrupted your training schedule. You know what, you’re just going to go out and prove to the world who’s boss.
7. You think it is a necessity for everyone to exercise.
It’s not a good to have habit for people to be getting in at least 10KM after work. It is a must. They need this run to remove the toxins in their body, to strengthen their hearts and improve bone strength. It is basically VITAL to survival.
If you’ve checked off 5 of them, YOU’RE OFFICIALLY ADDICTED! Welcome to the brighter side (where we also think that exercising obsessively is the right way to go).