Sports·Posted on Jul 22, 201423 Experiences All Competitive Runners UnderstandGotta squeeze in some extra milage before this 5K.by James GrebeyBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Becoming very familiar with this sign. Honestly, why do they even make christmas tree spikes? 2. Mastering false modesty when people are impressed with how far you run. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF SKORA / Via vimeo.com 3. Dealing with people who always ask if you've run a marathon. Via maverickphilosopher.typepad.com "Um, no not yet. I mostly run the 1,500.""Oh."*awkward silence* 4. Feeling guilty watching other people go for a run while you're taking a day off. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Disney Television Animation / Via powwowgandalf.tumblr.com You deserve it, but still... something seems wrong in the universe. 5. Spending a frightening amount of time waiting in line for the bathroom at races. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF thinkstock And you've seriously lowered your standards for what does or does not constitute as a "clean" porta potty. 6. Running big races with starts like this: Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Disney / Via youtube.com 7. Spending a ton of time on golf courses, but not a lot of time playing golf. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF thinkstock "The finish line is near the 17th hole." 8. Brooding about a bad race result. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Disney / Via gif-database.tumblr.com "Argh I should've kicked earlier!" 9. Subjecting yourself to the hell that is an ice bath. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF United Plankton Pictures / Via spongebob.tumblr.com 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. 10. Committing all of your PRs to memory. Polka Dot Images / thinkstock And probably most of your competitors' as well. 11. The weird feeling of loving all your teammates to death, but still secretly wanting to beat them all. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF thinkstock And it's okay because they want to do the same to you! <3 12. Having gross, gross toenails. Warning This image is graphic Tap to reveal Click to reveal thinkstock Black means it was a really good run. 13. Memorizing every Prefontaine quote, whether you want to or not. Tony Duffy /Allsport / Getty "TO GIVE ANYTHING LESS THAN YOUR BEST IS TO SACRIFICE THE GIFT!" 14. The agony of not being able to find a track meet on TV. ESPN / Via brightsideofnews.com Thanks for nothing, ESPN. 15. Accepting that Usain Bolt is the only runner most of your friends will ever hear about. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Olympics / Via youtube.com I mean, he's a machine, but it's a really big sport! 16. Being a bit overzealous about your friends' casual races because you want them TO WIN! View this photo on Instagram And having them tell you to calm down. 17. Feeling like a jerk when you push your way to the start of a crowded 5K fun run. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Warner Bros. Animation / Via thisrocketscience.tumblr.com It's just better to save time and get up there now. 18. Accumulating so many free T-shirts. View this photo on Instagram Or at least, "free with race admission." 19. Squeezing into running tights instead of running on a treadmill in the winter. View this photo on Instagram You'll wear them and you'll wear them proudly. 20. Having mixed feelings about Runner's World. Runner's World / Via imgs.zinio.com Another article about running my first 5K? 21. Knowing that there's always someone out there faster than you. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Warner Bros. Animation / Via scienceinaflash.tumblr.com Unless you're one of these people. 22. Running a horrible workout that makes you hate everything about this stupid sport... Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Frederator Studios / Via outhouseofpain.tumblr.com 23. ...and then going on a run "for fun" the next day. fatchoi / thinkstock Because you couldn't stop even if you tried.