1. Your feet will look like crap. Blisters, black toenails, callouses. If you get pedicures, just apologize when you go in.
ME: Yes, yes and yes. I’ve already lost one toenail and most of the time when I look down at my feet, I don’t think of putting flip flops on 🙂
2. When people (non-runner types) learn you are a runner, they often like to tell you how much they hate running or that running will ruin your knees.
ME: Yes, or also ask why would you do something that awful or just sometimes look at you little weird. I always think why it is so hard to be okay with people who exercise…
3. You don’t have to look like a runner to be a runner.
4. If you only run and don’t do anything else (cross train, strength train), you will probably get injured.
ME: I learned this the hard way and now when I’m supposed to be in the middle of my training, I’m trying to be okay with being injured and slowly get back to training in general, not only running. I wish that I will remember that after this!
5. Most people, especially non-runners, really don’t care that much about your running.
6. You will run a race and in the middle of the race you will tell yourself you will never do this again. Yet, 30 minutes after you are done you will surf the Internet for your next race. Running is kind of like childbirth that way.
ME: Not sure about this during a race yet, but have been thinking during a hard run or long and hard that why am I doing this to myself and after wards just being so happy and thinking of the next run 😀
7. You will go through phases where you feel totally inadequate as a runner.
8. You will go through phases where you feel totally like a rock star as a runner.
9. You might gain weight instead of lose weight while training for a marathon.
ME: Maybe this will happen to me this fall when training for Berlin Marathon…
10. Having a spare pair of shorts in your car is important. Soiling of all kinds can happen. Eww!
11. You will be pissed if someone refers to you as a “jogger” instead of a “runner.”
12. Sometimes other runners won’t always say “hi” to you when you run by them.
ME: True. Not even me, even though I try to say.
13. You might pee yourself while your run, or worse.
14. Running is expensive. It’s not just about a pair of shoes and shorts and a top. There are race entries, massages, watches, sports bras, cute running skirts, gels, blocks and recovery stuff.
ME: Yes, BUT I think you can get really far with not so much stuff, at least that’s how I’ve done.
15. You will get addicted. Yes, there are worse things to be obsessed about than running (like meth and prostitutes), but you might be surprised by how hooked you get into the whole running thing once you start.
ME: Yes, yes, yes and yes! And there are times when running is all that you think and talk and read and eat 🙂
16. After awhile, you cannot get the stench out of your running clothes.
ME: Sad truth…
17. You will never be the fastest runner you know. You will always never be the slowest runner you know.
18. Farts happen. A lot.
19. Running performance is as much, if not more, about mental strength as your physical strength.
20. You will never forget crossing the finish line of your first marathon or half marathon. That moment in time will come to mean a lot to you. Your feet might not even touch the ground.
ME: This is something that I have been waiting sooooooooo bad, and there’s only about two months to wait!! 🙂