23 Experiences All Competitive Runners Understand

Gotta squeeze in some extra milage before this 5K.

1. Becoming very familiar with this sign.

Honestly, why do they even make christmas tree spikes?

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2. Mastering false modesty when people are impressed with how far you run.

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3. Dealing with people who always ask if you’ve run a marathon.

“Um, no not yet. I mostly run the 1,500.”


*awkward silence*

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4. Feeling guilty watching other people go for a run while you’re taking a day off.

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You deserve it, but still… something seems wrong in the universe.

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5. Spending a frightening amount of time waiting in line for the bathroom at races.


And you’ve seriously lowered your standards for what does or does not constitute as a “clean” porta potty.

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6. Running big races with starts like this:

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7. Spending a ton of time on golf courses, but not a lot of time playing golf.


“The finish line is near the 17th hole.”

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8. Brooding about a bad race result.

“Argh I should’ve kicked earlier!”

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9. Subjecting yourself to the hell that is an ice bath.

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It’s terrible, but so is not being able to walk after a tough run, so it’s worth it in the end. Just. Barely. Worth it.

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10. Committing all of your PRs to memory.

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And probably most of your competitors’ as well.

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11. The weird feeling of loving all your teammates to death, but still secretly wanting to beat them all.


And it’s okay because they want to do the same to you! <3

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12. Having gross, gross toenails.


Black means it was a really good run.

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13. Memorizing every Prefontaine quote, whether you want to or not.

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14. The agony of not being able to find a track meet on TV.

Thanks for nothing, ESPN.

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15. Accepting that Usain Bolt is the only runner most of your friends will ever hear about.

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I mean, he’s a machine, but it’s a really big sport!

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16. Being a bit overzealous about your friends’ casual races because you want them TO WIN!

And having them tell you to calm down.

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17. Feeling like a jerk when you push your way to the start of a crowded 5K fun run.

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It’s just better to save time and get up there now.

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18. Accumulating so many free T-shirts.

Or at least, “free with race admission.”

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19. Squeezing into running tights instead of running on a treadmill in the winter.

You’ll wear them and you’ll wear them proudly.

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20. Having mixed feelings about Runner’s World.

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Another article about running my first 5K?

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21. Knowing that there’s always someone out there faster than you.

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Unless you’re one of these people.

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22. Running a horrible workout that makes you hate everything about this stupid sport…

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23. …and then going on a run “for fun” the next day.

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Because you couldn’t stop even if you tried.

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