While a leopard can change its spots nowadays thanks to lasers and creams, a leopard can’t become a horse.
Weird analogy, sure, but we’re talking about categorizing runners which is clearly not so easy as just 9 different types…but it’ll be worth a laugh because you’ll surely recognize yourself in some of them. And of course just like being an extroverted introvert there’s nothing to say you might not be a few of them.No matter where you find yourself below know that as life changes you might change too. Nothing to say you must always be one thing, especially if you really want to be another. So close your latest Buzzfeed quiz, you are definitely one of the Friends characters, but really it’s so much more important to know your runner type. HA!!!
It seems this runner should be easy to identify. As soon as you call them a runner, their eyes go wide and they say “oh I’m so slow” to indicate maybe you shouldn’t call them a runner. Unfortunately, this particular brand of runner might actually a fasty who is hiding under the Turtle moniker for reasons unknown. A true turtle could indeed be considered a back of the packer, but they’re usually happy to be running and not worried about pace.
Upon attempting a friendly run, you find the pace slowly creeping and should you in any way manage to be slightly ahead a quick glance will tell you The Competitor is about to rip your head off. The run isn’t about fun, it’s about finishing first. In the words of the immortal Rickie Bobby “If you ain’t first, you’re last”.
They’re the friends who always make you want to push your own limits and remind you that beyond our fun runs, there’s something wonderful about achieving those big new goals too.What type of runner are you?? I found myself in one of these 9 by @runtothefinish - time for a laugh! #runchat Click To Tweet
Let’s be honest, we know who they are. Desi, Kara,Shalane, Meb. These are also your friends who sign up on a whim for a weekend 5K and then manage to snag 1st place (hello looking at you FueledbyLolz). Here’s the craziest thing about these elites…they’re really humans too.
Yup, they might have some natural talents, but they work their butts off and they have lives! I’ve now been lucky enough to meet so many of them and they’ve all been kind, wonderful people who happen to share our passion.
The Never Alone Runner
An hour of free time magically appears in their schedule and they’ve got the itch to run, but no one is available so alas the miles never happen. The best thing about this friend is on days where you might skip a run because you were awake all night with a sick kid, they’re going to hold you accountable and make the miles extremely enjoyable.
The Almost Runner
They’ve got grand ideas to run a marathon and cross it off their bucket list. They’ve been researching the perfect shoe, have gotten a slammin’ new running outfit…but you know then weather, work, life. They’ll definitely get to it and definitely talk about getting to it, but might require a bit of your prodding to ever get out the door.
The almost runner might just need a friend to drag them through a few of those first tough runs to start creating the habit.
The Trail Snob
“You run on a treadmill?! That’s not even real running.” Then I turned and walked away because while I have fallen in love with the serenity of the trails, I LOVE my treadmill and my road runs and I think every single run is worth my time. The trail snob can’t understand why you’d dare spend your time anywhere else when nature is so beautiful, dirt is so much softer on your knees and you’re so much more engaged in your body.
Don’t try to dissuade them, just give them a hug and ask about their favorite trail. They probably know about some of the most epic places ever and you’ll now get to enjoy those places without the added back and forth.
The I’m So Busy Runner
In the age of competition for the busiest life, this runner will always win. It’s true they might be the busiest human ever. I mean it’s a lot to juggle working, a family, marathon training, hanging out with friends and of course taking the perfect smoothie bowl shot for Instagram.
They skip a lot of runs because life happens, but they also know how important those runs are to their sanity and so when they get the time they embrace it. These runners often help remind us that we find time for what we really consider a priority.
The I Can’t Runner
“I wish I could run.”
“I could never do what you do.”
“Ugh I would, but my knees.”
You’ve all heard it! The second you start talking about running, they start talking about why they can’t. Deep down in your heart you know that just about anyone can (hello checkout my kick ass friends running with rheumatoid arthritis), but the truth is they don’t want to!!
No one needs to run, so it’s no biggie. But they’re currently in denial.
All right be honest…
Which runner most sounds like you?
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