…you know exactly where one mile is from your front door… in every direction.
…you separate your laundry in whites, colors, and tech.
…you see another person running and get jealous.
…when you see a sign on the highway telling how many miles an exit is and you think “I could run that”
…a marathon is a training run.
…26.2 sounds like an aid station.
…instead of memorizing what street you need to turn right on, you need to remember what city the street is in.
…half of the dishes you take out of your dishwasher are water bottles.
…when you substitute (in conversation) hours ran, instead of miles ran…..
…when you Change your Garmin to a Suunto because the Garmin only lasts 8 hours.
…when duct tape becomes an option!
…you spend three hours listening to a podcast about ultra running…entirely while running…and it wasn’t even your long run.
…when you have to repeat the distance of your next race to everyone !
…your long run involves a train ride to get home.
…peeing in a toilet seems … unnatural.
…when a dark moment lasts 20k or more and you’re fine with it.
…you have more shoes than your girlfriend.
…when you decide running dusk till dawn is a great idea.
…when you apply super glue to your blisters so you can keep running.
…you utter the words “only a 50″!
…3-4 hour runs are recovery runs.
…when you DNF at 83miles.
…when you have to go to work for a rest.
…when the gear for your training runs have to include toilet paper.
…when you reply to the question “Are you insane?” with an unhesitating but casual “yes”.
…you finish on a different day to the winner.
…during the week you run to work. Work. Then run home from work… and the mileage is equal to or greater than a full marathon.
…when you go for a run with an injury that would send a “normal” runner screaming for a doctor. You assume it will loosen up in 5 to 10 miles.
…when a head lamp and extra batteries are part of you race gear, but the race starts at 8 am……
…when you start your race shaved and when you finish you need to shave.
…when you always prefix the word “marathon” with “only a”. As in:
“I was starting to get tired but there was only a marathon to go.”
“My preparation for the race didn’t go too well, in fact my longest training run was only a marathon.”
“I would have entered the race but it didn’t seem worth the hassle as it was only a marathon.”
…when the morning papers have the results of a race that you are still running in!