21 Secrets Runners Won't Tell You

Only two of them involve poop.

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3. Shoes really DO matter.


You need to replace them more often than you think, and you need special running shoes like Brooks or Mizuno, NOT Nike cross trainers. This will not be great for your budget. (Unless you're fine with the ugliest ones from Sierra Trading Post, which some of us TOTALLY ARE.)

4. You lose half your weekend to long runs.


If you're running anything more than 10 miles, you not only have to be a good kid the night before, but spend the entire post-run day napping and eating.

13. It's easier than you think to get dehydrated.


That gross, flu-like, nauseated, headache-y feeling you get after a long run in the sun? Yep, you're dehydrated, because you didn't drink 30,000,000 gallons of water prior.

14. These are actually pretty awesome.


18. Sometimes you'll get bloody socks when you run.


Blisters! It happens.

19. You're obsessed with your Garmin — and might even like it more than your smartphone.


20. Nipple chafing is REAL.