Runners come in all shapes and sizes, age and genders but there are just some things that we all share in common that make us part of the running community. Do you embody any of these 6 lifestyle habits and qualities of most runners?
1. “My watch is cooler than yours”
Runners are usually spotted with GPS running watches even when they are not running because it has so many functions that are useful for daily life activities as well – it can track calories, mileage, heartbeat, pace, generates useful analytical data and even works well with mobile apps. Sports watches used to be bulky and comes in limited styles. With collaborations between watch companies and fashion designers, these watches now embody style with substance and truly a signature accessory of most runners.
2. Christmas or Birthday gift? “Running gear please.”
Skip the ribbons, gift wrappers, luxury food or clothes – Running gears are always on the top 5 items of your wish-list. Practical, stylish and functional running gears are what motivates and makes you happy the most. Owning an entire wardrobe of running tights, armor and kicks would be your dream come true.
3. “It took me a 5km to reach here.”
As a runner, it is a ritual to time and log all your running duration and pace and sometimes, these timings conveniently become a measurement of time for your daily activities. Instead of telling your friends that “it would take me 1 hour to travel from this place to another”, you might end up saying “it would take me a 10km to travel there”!
4. “One more round? Let’s go.”
Runners have stronger determination and endurance because of the nature of the sport. It trains them to be able to withstand long duration of lower body movement while mentally being alert for any obstacles in their way and keeping their physical actions coordinated with their breathing. So do not be surprised if your fellow runner friend is willing to accompany you for a run even after they have completed theirs!
5. “My tan lines are always at the ankles, shoulders and knees.”
Due to our standard running attire, we often end up with tan lines above our socks, at our sleeves and shorts or tights, which somewhat form our runners’ identity. In Singapore’s all-year round tropical climate, it is not difficult to recognize these runner tan lines on people who love to run in the daytime. Do not be embarrassed of it because these lines are marks of your hard work, determination and motivation to be a great runner!
6. “I break records every day.”
You may not be the world’s fastest runner or runner with the best stamina, but each time you train and learn, you get better and better, breaking personal records after records. Sometimes you fall, sometimes you succeed and it is through all these different stages of growth and development as a runner that you become a greater one.
How is your life as a runner?
Do these statements come from you as well?