You might think the tomato red face, salt caked shirt and neon shoes are the fastest way to spot a runner…
Not all runners overheat, they don’t live in Florida.
Not all runners sweat, I’m told some glisten (weirdos).
Not all runners like shoes that could help land a plane at night.
Yet despite our preference in gear, our location, our physique and even our pace…you can still spot a runner.
A quick scroll through Instagram or Facebook will show that there is a formula for being a runner which includes at least these 12 signature photos. Whether they make us better runners or not I’ll let you debate, but they certainly prove we run.Here are a few examples I found recently from wonderful runners that showcase our runner tendencies and of course poking a bit of fun at our ways…we be crazy, but it’s fun! For better or worse here are 12 ways to spot a runner on social media!
1. Race medal selfie.
From the first 5K to the bazillionth marathon, it remains an iconic must have photo. To achieve this look ensure the photo is taken within minutes of the finish while still glowing with sweat and bonus points if you choose to bite the medal, which seems to be an idea we picked up from Olympians (bizarro).
2. The Monica – no not the Friends star, the RunEatRepeat run pose.
Of course she may not be the first runner to pretend to run for a photo, but she has definitely perfected the art of doing it anytime and everywhere. To accomplish, simply stand on one bent leg with arms bent in running fashion.
Doing the #RunEatRepeat pose on the cruise last week! A photo posted by Run Eat Repeat / Monica Olivas (@runeatrepeat) on
3. Running watch photos – look we’ve all got one!
Some days you have a really great run for pace or distance and darn it, people need to know!! Added bonus for cute bracelets to indicate that while you’re sporty you’re still totally fem. To achieve hold out for a really great run and then snap a photo of the results tagging your favorite watch brand in the process.
4. Green smoothie photos (peppered with donut photos)
That’s right we didn’t just run, we also spent time eating right! Booya take that world…now we’re going to go have a pizza and a cookie later, but right now look how healthy we are! Bonus points for still getting some of your workout gear in the photo, hence you haven’t even showered and you’re refueling like a bada**.
It’s a wonderful thing to enjoy your recovery as much as the workout!! A photo posted by Amanda C Brooks (@runtothefinish) on
5. Running shoes with scenic backdrop
We don’t just run, we run in really awesome places. Wish you were here…and sometimes we wish we were there because 90% of our run could have been through the hood, you’ll never know.
6. Looking down at running shoes.
Listen we’re tired, we just finished running ok?! But you need to see our super cute outfit, shoes and the grass before we head in to shower. Bonus points if we can get leaves, flowers or a pet in the photo too!
I've completed ___ of the 12 #runner poses on Instagram! How many have you done?? Click To Tweet
Pink, purple and yellow look good together. A photo posted by Angela (@happyfitmama) on
7. Sweaty Groupie.
It’s always acceptable to get in close with smelly running friends for a group selfie to prove that you do indeed have others to run with and who love you despite your crazy runner tendencies.
8. Stretch it Out.
We talk a lot about the benefits of stretching, it doesn’t mean we do it, but we certainly want to ensure it looks that way. Plus sometimes you finish your run and realize it wasn’t good enough for a watch photo.
GOOOOOD MORNING!!!!! 5 miles with @aaaacon bright and early + 1 hour strength class! Just punched Tuesday in the face! A photo posted by Erin ???? (@thelittlerunnergirl) on
9. Motivational Quote.
In case we’ve missed a day of running, we like to supplement with a quote that will make everyone else feel bad for not getting their sweat on. While I am not a coffee drinker, that puts me in the minority of runners – so bonus points if you tap in to the coffee love with your quote.
A photo posted by Jennifer (@jenchoosesjoy) on
10. The Hat.
Instead of a full on selfie, this seems less look at me and more yeah I’m so awesome, I rocked this run and am now bowing down to my bad self. PS look how cool the place I just ran is…alternatively, this run really sucked but I did it anyways.
Be courageous and wild at heart. Be your own hero. Follow your dreams no matter how big they are… And never give up! A photo posted by See Jen Run (@fueledbyfrosting) on
11. Jumping Photo.
Not only did we run, but we loved it and still have enough energy to jump up and down to tell you about it!
If the weather could just stay like this that would be great. I’m really digging these warm fall days ✌ A photo posted by Morgan Shuker (@wildly_fit) on
That’s right we get up before the rest of the world and we like to prove it! It’s pretty and wonderful and you missed it, but not us as runners we watched it from the first glimmer of color to full light.
One of the prettiest skyline sunrises I’ve seen in a while ? That view never gets old. What’s YOUR favorite place to #run and at what time? A photo posted by Katie Ann (@hungryrunner) on
BONUS: FLAT RUNNER!!
Standard night before a race announcement to the world is made by meticulously laying out your running gear as one large advertisement.
Hilarious and true! 12 Ways to Spot a #Runner on Social Media #RunChat #FitFluential Click To Tweet
Which of these 12 have you done?
Any signature photos I missed? Feel free to share them on my FB page!
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