22 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning When You Are A Runner

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1. Shoes

What it normally means: An accessory you wear on your feet.
What it means when you’re a runner: The most important item in your wardrobe, a way to express yourself as a runner, and something you become GREATLY attached to. Basically, they’re your babies.

2. Feet

What it normally means: The appendage connected to your legs that you walk on.
What it means when you’re a runner: The part of your body you abuse to no end; they will NEVER be the same after you take up running, no matter how much you try to pamper them.

3. Distance

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What it normally means: The length of something.
What it means when you’re a runner: How many miles you will be in sweaty agony during your race or workout.

4. Buddy

What it normally means: Slang for a friend; a pal.
What it means when you’re a runner: The person who makes the months of agony preparing for your race manageable.

5. Bathroom

What it normally means: Where you do your “business.”
What it means when you’re a runner: Two words: runner’s trots.

6. Weather

 

What it normally means: Meteorological activity.
What it means when you’re a runner: Unless it’s a Category 5 hurricane, you are most definitely going on that run. What, like a little snow would ever stop you?

7. Kick

What it normally means: The act of moving your leg to make contact with another object.
What it means when you’re a runner: The last part of your race where the adrenaline drowns out your pain and you finish STRONG.

8. Sweat

What it normally means: Perspiration; the act of your body cooling itself down.
What it means when you’re a runner: Being sweaty is a constant state of being. First you’re sweaty, then sweatier, then sweatiest, then sweatiester.

9. Drinking

What it normally means: Boozing it up, consuming alcohol at a social function.
What it means when you’re a runner: You’re constantly in a state of dehydration, so better quench that thirst with a water. Or a Gatorade. Or a Powerade. Or maybe a post-race beer…

10. Long-distance

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What it normally means: Being in a relationship with someone when you aren’t in the same city.
What it means when you’re a runner: A long, scenic run. Or a grueling half-marathon/marathon. You get to pick!

11. Blisters

What it normally means: A buildup of fluid under your skin, often painful, DON’T pop them.
What it means when you’re a runner: Oh boy, your feet are probably covered in them, right? First one builds up, then it pops, then a new one builds up in its place like a demonic hydra on your feet.

12. Mile

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What it normally means: 5,280 feet.
What it means when you’re a runner: More than a unit of measurement of your workout, it’s something you obsessively track in your head. When you’re running, you ALWAYS have a weird sense of how far you’ve ran and how far you have left to go.

13. Phone

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What it normally means: A technological device you can make calls and text on (and also take selfies).
What it means when you’re a runner: Turn on your running app, bump your favorite running mix, and strap it on your armband before EVERY run!

14. Race

What it normally means: An athletic competition where contestants move from start to finish as quick as possible.
What it means when you’re a runner: Something you prepare for months in advance, wake up incredibly early in the morning for, and makes all the hard training worth it.

15. Headphones

What it normally means: The device that you use to listen to music so no one else around you can hear it.
What it means when you’re a runner: After your shoes, THE most important thing you would never, ever forget before going on a run.

16. Excuses

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What it normally means: A reason to not do something.
What it means when you’re a runner: You’ll cook up some lame excuse in your head to not run, wrestle with the decision, but eventually, you KNOW you’re going on that run. No. Matter. What.

17. Tan

What it normally means: When your skin gets darker due to exposure to the sun.
What it means when you’re a runner: Get used to the weirdest tan lines ever thanks to sunglasses (raccoon eyes!), shoulder straps, socks, etc.

18. Music

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What it normally means: Rhythmic beats and/or singing that is pleasing to listen to.
What it means when you’re a runner: Everyone’s got their favorite running mix. Mine has a lot of Cheryl Cole, a little Calvin Harris, and then some Lady Gaga thrown in for good measure.

19. Treadmill

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What it normally means: A running machine you will find at your local gym.
What it means when you’re a runner: Ugh, you definitely ALWAYS want to be running outside. But sometimes, the weather is bad, or you’re at a hotel, or you need to squeeze in a quick workout. That’s when a treadmill is your best friend.

20. Snack

What it normally means: Food you eat in between meals.
What it means when you’re a runner: Everything you eat is really for fuel, not necessarily taste, so better skip the Twinkies and have that energy bar instead.

21. Tired

 

What it normally means: That feeling where either you grab a coffee or go to bed to make it go away.
What it means when you’re a runner: That wall you have to push through — and like a true ass-kicker, you will — to break through to the next level.

22. Running

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What it normally means: That thing you do with your legs that is faster than walking.
What it means when you’re a runner: It’s more than just a physical activity. Words can’t really do justice to what running means to you, but let’s start with a way of life.

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