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We ran cross country back in school, and loved (almost) every lung-searing, near-hurling moment of it. There’s still something about this time of year that brings all the memories back to life. Hill repeats, poison ivy, the smell of pine needles packed along the trailside, and the excitement of spiking-up for the first meet of the season. If you do - or did - run cross country, you’ll probably have memories (or nightmares) like this. If you didn’t, here are a dozen reasons cross country runners are such a special breed.
You’ve run cross country if...
Your ‘how I spent my summer vacation’ essay can be summarized in one word: running.
You know two-a-days aren’t just a football thing.
You have no problem sharing the locker room with the football team. Your xc squad has more championship banners in the gym anyway.
You hate track. Bonus: you run track to stay in shape for xc!
You know exactly where to pass, accelerate, etc., on your home course. Bonus: you committed your rival’s course to memory.
You have that guy (or gal) on another team you’re always gunning for.
You’ve thrown an elbow to keep from getting passed in the finishing chute.
You know this week’s meets likely won’t get cancelled - no matter how much it rains.
You see a t-shirt like this on someone else and share that that, "I feel your pain" look.
You know that sometimes the "fun" really does hurt pretty &%$# bad.
The same uniform you’re sweating out the early season meets in will carry you through til late fall. Just with a pair of gloves.
You’ve brushed mud out of your teeth.
You know it's a team sport.
Sometimes what happens in the woods stays in the woods.
You know it’s just as important to have your fifth runner finish well as it is your first.
Did we miss any? Pass them along! Hope you all have a great, safe season!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Had a laugh at my own expense the other day. Not because I’m that terribly amusing, but because I realized just how much of a running geek I actually am. My wife and I just celebrated 19 years together by exchanging a pretty pricey set of running watches. You know, the kind that plunk more features on your wrist than were on board the Apollo 11. And no, that’s not actually a newsflash in itself, but it did make me stop and ponder some of those many lists that I - and likely you, too - have come across over the years. The ones that start with, “you know you’re a runner if...” Go ahead. Dock me ten yards for piling on, but I couldn’t resist.
More reasons you know you’re a runner:
- You’ve planned a vacation or long weekend around a race. Bonus points if you've sold your family or significant other on the idea.
- You have enough race tees to make one of those quilts. You just couldn’t make the pile small enough to make one.
- You have have a drawer or cabinet just for your nutrition products.
- Your running shoes are your most expensive shoes.
- Some of the most spendy apparel you own is the stuff you sweat all over.
- Sure, you have particular shoes for long runs, trail runs, speed work, race day. But you also the same system for socks.
- You might not recognize some of your running pals in street clothes.
- Your weekend plans revolve around your training plans or races.
- You actually have a favorite flavor of energy gels.
- First thing you ask a friend you haven’t seen in a while: “so, what are you training for these days?”
Got more? Send ‘em on! Who don’t like lists?!