From running apps and watches to an obsession with running form, runners are easy to spot.
Runners can be a quirky, geeky bunch. Here are five sure signs that you are a runner.
1. You've embraced technology.
You have more running, exercise and nutrition apps on your iPhone than you have apps for news, weather, games and who knows what else. Plus, your running watch costs more than the watch you wear on a daily basis—or you only own a running/GPS watch. And you wear it all the time. Along with your Road ID—while wearing a suit. You also own at least one heart rate monitor. Photo: www.shutterstock.com
2. You wear running shoes everywhere.
You wear running shoes all the time. To the grocery store. To the doctor’s office. To work. To family cookouts. To the beach. And you have several pairs of shoes—more than the total number of other types of footwear. When you buy a new pair, your old No. 1 pair moves to second in line for rainy runs and evening walks with your spouse. Photo: www.shutterstock.com
3. You're obsessed with running form.
You’re constantly trying to check your gait and determine whether or not you’re landing on your midfoot or heel. Then when you get back from a run, you check the bottom of your shoes for wear patterns. When you’re out driving and you see a runner, you check out his or her form and make a comment to yourself or to whoever is in the car with you: That guy has a nice form. He’s definitely a marathoner … Whoa. That guy’s knee collapses inward. He must have IT Band Syndrome … That woman needs to swing her arms more. But she lands nicely on her mid foot. Photo: www.shutterstock.com
4. You don't like to wear shirts.
Most people would see a shirtless man and find it a bit odd. But if it’s a tall, skinny runner, or even a short, not-so-skinny-runner, it’s more acceptable. Instead of shielding their children’s eyes from the sight, folks will comment at the guy’s physique, posture and overall running form. He must be training for a marathon. He’s in great shape. How can I get abs like that? Same goes for women wearing only a sports bra up top. It’s a society faux-pas otherwise, but if you’re running then it’s OK. She’s got great abs. And she’s a good runner. Probably doing an 8-minute pace. Photo: www.shutterstock.com
5. You're nice to others...or not.
Most runners fall into one of two categories when they’re out putting in the miles: They wave to everyone (fellow runners, cyclists and cars), or they wave to no one. The more focused, hardcore folks keep their eyes, which are shielded behind dark sunglasses, straight ahead. They’re determined to hit each mile split. Other folks, who might also be very serious runners, give a friendly wave or nod to everyone they encounter. Another runner? Hello! A cyclist? Howdy! A car that slows down and gives you plenty of room? Thanks! Photo: www.shutterstock.com
Jason Devaney fulfills every category here. Do you? Tweet him @jason_devaney1.