Lately I've been getting these feelings...little musings, if you will, that I may be able claim the title of "runner" as opposed to just "yes, I'm a person who's getting back into running."
I've developed a simple list of questions to consider. If you answer yes to most of these questions...you just might be a runner:
Do you find yourself wanting to spend more money on your running clothes than your regular clothes? And constantly search the Web site for the new line of said clothes?
Did you replace jewelry, gadgets, home goods, electronics, and your usual requests, on last year's Christmas list for GPS watches and goo in your stocking?
Do you find yourself spending most of your time on the internet mapping future running routes and different races?
Did you recently purchase a subscription to Runner's World/[insert other appropriate running title] magazine?
Do you feel as though your non-runner friends and family are probably getting sick about how much you speak of your new found love and hobby?
Do you feel guilty if you skip a day of running?
Were you over the moon excited about seeing Hood to Coast, and gleefully paid $12.50 a ticket (plus fees) without a second thought to see it in the theater?
Has Steve Jobs personally thanked you for the amount you've spent on itunes for the betterment of your playlist?
Did you earmark a portion of your year-end bonus to purchase the GPS running watch that you didn't get for Christmas so that you don't have to spend as many hours researching running routes?
Oh wait, what was that ? No one else? Just me? hmmmm