I wrote a post a year ago with some symptoms of the running bug, but my case has become more severe so here are some new behaviours that might indicate affliction with the runner’s bug.
1. You thought you had all the gear, but discovered that many more things are needed.
2. You start reading books about running, asking for books about running, and tweeting the authors of books about running.
3. You’re really pleased that you have mesh running shoes, because they let the ice cold slush drain away from your feet so you can keep running even in melting snow.
4. Schools close because of COVID and you’re only allowed to exercise once a day, this is a disaster – walk the kids, run, or make the kids run?
5. You make the kids run or bike with you so you can get the miles in.
6. You plan to reorganise your home office to accommodate the treadmill so that you can exercise indoors on the lockdown days you need to go shopping.
7. RED January is a great idea.
8. You keep moving your own goal targets. 30min 5km to 28min to 25min.
9. You’ve lost count of the niggly injuries: blisters, sore toe nail, chafed waist, random welt on the back of a knee, who cares?
10. You Google how long a pair of running shoes is supposed to last, compare it to you far you’ve run in yours and examine their soles to see if you can get some new ones yet.
11. You join online running communities and engage with them.
12. You worry that your blog Insta might be a bit dominated by running posts and consider setting up a new account only for running stuff.
13. What do you mean a half marathon is a long way? Seems entirely reasonable to me.
14. You’re meant to be binge watching a TV show but you find yourself researching the best twin skin running socks instead.
For more about my running journey, have a read of these if you like: