Do People Know?

Do other people know you are a runner? How would they know? Do you advertise it? I always find it interesting how I can spot a runner at the grocery store, an office, etc. Here are some ways people may know you are a runner. Do you do any of these things?

1.) Car stickers: I have stickers on the back of my car for different distances I have run. (note: it’s a year later and I still haven’t put my Dopey sticker on. Oy.) I remember being SO excited my first half marathon when I got to buy a 13.1 sticker.

2.) Clothing: Sadly, I have way more workout clothes than “real” clothes. I work from home, so this problem is even more compounded. I live in yoga pants and race shirts. If you see me out and about, you will most likely figure out I am a runner due to my “I did it” shirts, race visor, or KT Tape.


Out and about in Disney World. This is my “dressed for going out in public look.”

3.) Work space: Have you ever been to someone’s office or cubicle? You can learn a lot about their hobbies and family. I know people who decorate their office with finish line photos, bibs, and medals. Maybe it’s you?


My workplace happens to be at home, but I display my medals proudly!

4.) Social Media:  If you have a Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram account, your friends and acquaintances may know you are a runner by your posts. Always retweeting training tips and articles? Posting about being at the gym? Yup, dead giveaway.


5.) Plans/Free time: Your coworkers ask you to go out for drinks Friday night, and you decline because you have 12 miles on tap for tomorrow morning and need to be hydrated and rested. You are late for your family reunion because you had a 10k this morning. Hey, it happens, and definitely let’s people know you are a runner.

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This may sound odd (or maybe it’s normal?) But when I “spot” a runner out and about, it’s like we are instant friends. It’s this special “knowing” between us that I can’t describe. Anyone else? This is why I love race expos, all like minded people together. It’s pretty awesome!

QOTD: What are some ways that people around you know that you are a runner?

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  1. I know exactly what you mean! 🙂 I love spotting other runners out and about!

  2. This is so true! I love seeing runners out and about! I think most people know I’m a runner because of social media.

  3. The shirts help, and I hang my bibs up in my office. I keep my medals at home so my stuff is split 50/50 between work and home.

  4. I know what you mean about the “knowing” between runners. It’s so cool. I always feel like other runners and I have an instant bond!

  5. I don’t do the sticker thing on my car, but I definitely sport lots of runners clothing and accessories. I wear my HRM as my everyday watch most days and wear my flip belt when I take the kids to the playground. And let’s not even talk about my Facebook and IG posts….. all running related… and baby pics. lol

  6. How do people know I’m a runner? Because my 3-year old daughter says “I want to be just like YOU, Mommy!” and insists on wearing “exercise headbands” and yoga pants every day.

  7. If they are around me long enough, yes they will know. I relate a lot to running. I do wear running clothes quite a bit, and most all of my fb friends know. They are probably like Oh no not another running related picture, lol 🙂 So I started my own blog and page and the ones who are truly interested in my running follow me there.

  8. Peggi Konvicka says:

    I love everything you talk about in this post. I have my Chevron Houston Marathon magnet up in my cubicle from last January as it was my first and only full marathon so far. I have commented on people’s Boston shirts while grocery shopping and that lead to an awesome conversation. Also, I met someone in my neighborhood because I commented about her race shirt, now we are friends on FB and she even let me borrow her road bike for my first Triathlon. Funny how things work like that!!

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  1. runningwithsass says:

    Do People Know?

    Do other people know you are a runner? How would they know? Do you advertise it? I always find it interesting

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