As I get more and more involved in the running community and push myself to reach my running and fitness goals, I realize more and more that there are two types of people: Real people and Runners. Let’s face it, runners have their priorities all screwed up in the eyes of real people. Like, “why on earth would someone wake up at 5am to run 10 miles?!?!” Or, “who PAYS money to run? I only run if someone is chasing me.”
Conversely, real people have their priorities all screwed up in the eyes of runners. For instance, “who wastes the day watching TV when one can be outside breaking records?” Or, “you spent $200 on a purse?!?! You could get a couple pairs of running shoes with that kind of money!”
Believe me, I have heard it all and thought it all. And while we might not ever agree that the other one has their priorities straight, we all can agree that we are different. In fact, here are some of the major differences in the two.
Real people vs. Runners
- Real people take a warm bath at the end of the day while enjoying a glass of wine. Runners take an ice bath while rehydrating with their favorite electrolyte-restoring drink.
- Real people download music that moves them, connects with them at a deeper level, or makes them happy. Runners download music based on the tempo and will speed it up to match their running pace
- Real people plan a vacation based on things they want to see, where they can relax, and who they can hang out with. Runners plan a vacation based on what races they can run while they are there and what kind of terrain they will be challenging themselves with.
- Real people see being sore from a workout as a nuisance. Runners see it as a medal of honor, proud of the progress they have made, enjoying the pain.
- Real people spend their Saturdays sleeping late, relaxing, and catching up on errands that were put off throughout the week. Runners spend their Saturdays waking up early, running for two hours, icing their joints, and foam rolling.
- Real people spend their weekend nights staying up until the wee hours of the morning, hanging out with friends, with little care to the passing time. Runners go to bed at 9pm on the weekends because they have a race the next morning.
- Real people get all dressed up and post pictures of themselves looking great all over social media, deleting or untagging the pics that they look bad in. Runners post pics of themselves looking horrible, because the worse you look the harder your run was which means you are that much more awesome.
Complete the sentence: “Real people__________, while runners ____________.”