How to tell you might be obsessed with running

Apparently I run a lot. Some (non-runers obviously) would say I run too much. So on my recent 23 miles run I was thinking about running and asked myself “How do you know you run too much?”. Well, apart from jelly legs and various niggles, you can tell you are obsessed with running if:

  • You spend more time on Strava than on any other social media (combined).
  • You choose your holiday destination based on whether there is a parkrun.
  • Two runs a day is a standard, not anything unusual.
  • You make your career choices based on whether you can run on your lunchbreak and/or runcommute.
  • You don’t consider 10 miles a long run.
  • Your running shoes collection is so extensive (and expensive) that it should have its own exhibition in a museum.
  • You seriously start considering setting up such an exhibition.
  • You have a spreadsheet detailing how many miles you ran in each pair and what races you did in them.
  • Actually, you have an elaborate spreadsheet for all your runs.
  • The spreadsheet feeds into a monthly dashboard that contains all your running KPI’s.
  • You can effortlessly convert miles to kilometers and minutes per mile pace to minutes per kilometer using the power of your brain.
  • On your rest days, you don’t know what to do with your free time so you watch YouTube videos about running.
  • You also listen to running podcast as you run.
  • You can always spot a runner even when they are not in their running gear.
  • You talk to strangers about running.
  • Bursting into a random stretching session anywhere in public is something you consider absolutely normal.
  • When you say you fancy something sweet you mean a gel.
  • You have all the flavours.
  • You are guilty of sucking on a fruit salad gel as a dessert after your dinner.
  • Your favourite tipple is electrolyte drink.
  • You file your race bibs. Systematically. Neatly. With love.
  • Your favourite chore is dusting off your medals.
  • You can’t imagine being called anything more offensive than a “jogger”.
  • Walking is simply a waste of a good run. Walking is slow. Walking is boring. You despise walking.
  • Reading this you feel an urge to run. You start considering squeezing another run in although you have already done 10 miles today.

Does that sound like you? If it does, you probably run too much. Wait….what? Nah! There is no such thing as too much running. Anyway, thanks for reading, gotta run…. 😉

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