You might enjoy a nightmare race if...
- All of your running shoes end up brown. Ditto for your socks.
- You buy calamine lotion (for poison ivy/oak) by the case.
- You use a stick to carry your running clothes to the washing machine.
- While driving the freeways, your eyes are scouting the hills for trails.
- You own a salt-encrusted 2-bottle water belt.
- Your heart rate no longer goes up when you jump over a rattlesnake.
- You spend an excessive amount of time looking at maps of the county.
- You have a hard time getting anybody to come on your favorite running routes.
- You have had a large number of people run with you only once.
- You have a nice collection of running-related scars.
- You wish running shoe companies would make a really good trail shoe.
- You have tried running trails in boots, hi-tops, soccer shoes, moccasins, etc.
- You can't stand not knowing what's over the next hill.
- The floor mats in your car don't look so good anymore.
- You avoid level ground.
- Friends seldom ask for your advice on matters requiring sound judgement.
- Your dog or cat loves to roll on your dirty running clothes.
- While running in the winter, your shoes resemble 2-pound platform shoes carved from mud.
- In winter, your favorite running routes occasionally submerge your shoes. And your shorts.
- You look forward to the rainy season.
- When you get back to your car, you're grateful the windows aren't shot out.
- You run in orange clothes during deer season.
- While running in summer, the roof of your mouth tastes like dust. And other things.
- Some of your favorite running routes require the use of your hands.
- You have limped long distances to your car after ankle sprains.
- It sometimes takes 2 hours of driving time to do a 2-hour run.
- You wish there was more oxygen in the mountains.
- You laugh at the inaccurate mileages listed on trailhead signposts.
- You have said "I'm pretty sure the car's on the other side of that mountain".
- You habitually return to running routes you swore you'd never do again.
- You have seriously underestimated the distance of a loop on a map. Several times.
- You are sometimes late getting home from running. By several hours.
- You have been escorted from the uninhabited parts of military bases.
- You honestly can't understand why everyone doesn't like running where you do.
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