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65 Things Runners Love & Quirks Of The Running Lifestyle

Updated: Mar 20

Have you heard? We are planning our inaugural Chucks & Pearls Trail 5K & 10K Race Event. It’s an event to celebrate Women and their achievements. Bonus -it’s also Mothers day weekend so we expect a wide and varied group of running race participants. Let's take a minute and define what or who exactly is a runner?


Runner Definition = If you use your legs or special devices to propel you forward in place of your legs (for those differently abled) to navigate outdoors for fitness, fun, to improve health or love getting chased by zombies - you are a runner. That includes speed walkers, slow walkers, joggers, woggers, sprinters, marathoners and trail runners who utilize run/walk intervals. Running & Walking for fitness is very much a lifestyle choice that gets you hooked. It’s a hobby that permeates your everything - how you sleep, eat, poop, order on Amazon & Dicks Sporting Goods, organize your social calendar and can even play a big factor in your vacation planning.


Runners and Speed Walkers are an unusual , nuanced bunch, that have appreciation for some very specific things in life.


Our team started discussing all the things runners & walkers absolutely love and came up with scenarios of - You know you're a runner when...


As a runner/walker, each of these things listed below will likely ring true or hold a very special place in your heart.



65 Things Runners Love & Quirks Of The Running Lifestyle


If you can relate to anything on this list, recognize you are a runner.😁


  1. You secretly race the neighbor on Strava/Fit Bit

  2. Look forward to post race beer

  3. Running in the rain/snow makes you a badass

  4. You used a band-aid to prevent blisters or on strange places on your body

  5. You foam roll

  6. You sign up to run races just for the medal

  7. You have stride, fartlek, & shakeout runs for breakfast

  8. Runs anywhere & at any time

  9. Love great podcasts to listen to on runs

  10. Addicted to ordering new gear - clothes, shoes, accessories

  11. You wear bright colored knee high compression socks - even under regular clothes

  12. Free race entries make for the best gifts

  13. You have special sports bras for bounce reduction

  14. Avoid cotton workout clothes like the plague

  15. You own at least 59 gazillion pairs of different running shoes. (ok at least 3)

  16. Thoughts of crawling, wogging, and dragging yourself across a finish line trumps a DNF

  17. Coffee! Preferred liquid fuel to get you going.

  18. Make social/work plans based on your training schedule

  19. You would pay $10-20 for a pair of socks

  20. You get excited for fully stocked aid stations

  21. You own a Garmin/have an app for tracking all your runs

  22. Own a camelbak

  23. Enjoy post race pizza

  24. Runs to reduce Stress

  25. You know at least 2-3 ways to tie laces

  26. Farting without judgement - even in group runs

  27. Earned/Unexpected PR’s -call for an IG photo shoot

  28. You run before dawn/after dusk with blinky lights and headlamps

  29. You have a finish line pose

  30. Early morning runs are your jam

  31. Running on splashy muddy trails is happy hour for you

  32. You "hydrate"

  33. Runners high

  34. You have planned a Racecation (vacations spots based on your race registration)

  35. You have thought about wearing running shoes with your wedding dress

  36. You are happy when your run buddy’s have PR’s

  37. You freak out when you have an injury or niggle that causes you to miss a few runs

  38. That new shoe smell - inspires you to go for a run

  39. You would buy a functional shoe if it was ugly and made you faster’

  40. Worn a hydration belt on a long run or marathon race

  41. Make running playlists on Spotify

  42. Eating and eating - always hungry

  43. Great pair of socks makes you run faster

  44. You run in even when wicked heat/rain/snow/wind is forecasted

  45. Have 13.1 or probably also 26.2 running bumper stickers on your car

  46. Compliments- love them from other badass runners

  47. Your off days are called “Active - Recovery”

  48. You own a medal rack

  49. Wear flip flops when not in tennis shoes

  50. Your laundry bin has a 8-1 ratio of running clothes to work clothes

  51. Running Shorts & Tights - all the colors and lengths

  52. You invite all your friends to come run with you to have more running partners

  53. You have used GU or Cliff Gels for “fuel” at least once

  54. Bonding with friends during a long run is a thing

  55. Talks about running - to everybody