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If You Have Done 10 Out Of These 16 Things You're A Serious Runner

*takes picture of blistered feet and sends round*

1. You've googled "public loos" while researching a new running route.

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You've had nightmares about being caught short while out.

2. You plan your social calendar around your runs rather than vice versa.

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Sometimes you just have to deal with the FOMO.

3. You stay away from cobbled streets at all costs...

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Just the thought of a rolled ankle makes you have heart palpitations.

4. That goes for high heels too.

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The horror.

5. You've started to dread the sight of stairs.

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"Don't worry about me. I'll just wait down here!"

6. You actively monitor the colour of your urine.

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If it is anything but clear, you're slightly horrified.

7. You have an album of photos of your feet on your phone.

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The closer to marathon time = the more gross they get.

8. You have bathed in ice. Voluntarily.

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Never. Again.

9. All of your disposable income now goes towards your running kit instead of going out.

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You read a whole internet's worth of reviews to make sure you were getting the right stuff to help you enhance your run.

10. When you do go out, you order water at the bar.

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You hate yourself for it.

11. You get stressed when you momentarily cannot find your phone armband...

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...and you have strong feelings regarding your favourite pair of shorts.

12. You've started taking note of other people's running styles.

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"That run is kind of...funky. She's going fast though; maybe I'll give it a shot."

13. You have multiple weather forecasting apps on your phone.

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Always. Be. Prepared.

14. You've started thinking about degrees of difficulty for everyday tasks in running distance terms.

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Doing your dishes is a 5k but putting new duvet cover on is definitely more like a half marathon.

15. You regularly have dreams about marathon day.

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For some reason you've always forgotten to put your shorts on.

16. You find it hard to talk about anything else but running.

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Sentences frequently start with: "OMG, when I went for this run the other day..."

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