10 Things Only a Runner Will Understand

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jaybird-sport-blog-10-things-only-a-runner-will-understand-image-20161118You see them out there. Runners. Sometimes you see them out doing their thing in the wee hours of the morning while you’re getting ready for work. You may think they’re crazy, and it might be so, but running takes a certain type of person to enjoy it. Here are 10 things that only a runner would know:

  1. Runners never miss a run. If their schedule only allows for a 20-minute run, then it’ll do. If the weather is bad, well they go out and run anyway. A little rain, snow or ice just adds to the challenge. Running in the heat, however, makes running downright miserable. After all, not even runners enjoy being covered in sweat.
  2. Runners prefer running in the morning. There isn’t a better way to start the day in the mind of a runner than a brisk, pre-dawn run. As a morning run is ideal, many runners do struggle getting up early.
  3. Runners use running to boost their energy, not drain it. Many runners feel more alive after their run. Memory, mental alertness and happiness are also observed side-effects to running that many runners experience.
  4. Runners run harder and longer when they know they are being watched. Just like other physical activities where the participant is on center stage, runners want to look good and show off.
  5. Runners are devoted to their shoes. Runner strangely get attached to their running shoes and have a hard time getting rid of them when they can no longer be worn. Runners are also devoted to one running shoe brand.
  6. Runners like to plan their routes. Going on vacation or a business trip? Leave it to the runner to have a running route already scoped out. Runners are also creatures of habit in that once they find a route they like, that is the route they always run. This route comes after careful, in-depth research of local running spots. Runners, therefore, can let you in on all the running options nearby.
  7. Runners can’t stand being called “joggers.” Calling a runner a “jogger” or their run a “jog” are the ultimate insults someone can say to a runner,
  8. Runners love carbs. Runners don’t do diets because running burns so many calories. To get ready for runs, carbohydrates are a runner’s best friend. They are something to crave and enjoy, not avoid.
  9. Runners spend countless hours creating their running playlist. Runners need energizing music to listen to on those long, strenuous runs. As much time as they spend on playlists, most runners only enjoy a handful of the songs.
  10. Runners run through the aches and pains. Runners won’t stop running for a pulled muscle, cramps or blisters. Their way of working through the pain is seen as a form of strengthening and recovery, not to mention a badge of honor.

While runners and running may seem foreign to some, it is a great physical activity that increases one’s physical and mental health and helps better one’s mood. If you haven’t tried it, grab your music and hit the pavement. Runners also enjoy high-quality headphones that don’t have all the wires. Jaybird’s X3 and Freedom wireless headphones are great for runners, bikers and athletes. The sound quality is the best around, and their Bluetooth, wireless functionality makes it easier to move. Check out our headphones today and add enjoyment to your runs through your extensive running playlist.

How to Thrive Through Injury

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As a professional runner of 12 years, you could say I’m just as much an expert at injuries as I am at racing around the world. Injuries are part of the deal. And I’ve learned that while they are the absolute worst for taking you out of the activities you love most, they are also opportunities. Yep, opportunities. Sometimes you really have to squint to see the silver lining, but it’s there. And since I’m 5 months into my recovery from achilles surgery with NO running (gasp), I don’t have to squint anymore to appreciate what those opportunities are. I’ve lived them. So next time you find yourself sidelined from your favorite sport, here are three tips for how to not only survive, but thrive through injury.

  1. Find the chink in your armor:
    When I get an injury, my first reaction is usually full of expletives. But my second reaction is to surrender and look for the root cause. An injury doesn’t just happen. There is a reason, a weakness somewhere that prompted it. A sore achilles isn’t about the achilles. For example, it could be the result of poor glute and hip mobility or mechanics, and if you don’t take care of it, it will manifest in some other way as soon as your achilles calms down. An injury is always an opportunity to fine tune the machine so you can come back even stronger. Have a PT help you with the detective work and make a plan for you.


  1. Listen to podcasts
    One of the things I miss most when I’m unable to run is having time to listen and deeply dive into music, uninterrupted. I have a 2 year old, and own my own business with my husband, so without running, I don’t get a lot of time to really listen to music. There’s something about being out in nature that feels like you are making your very own music video to whatever music you are listening to, bringing it all to life in a way being in the gym never can. Cross training on the elliptical just isn’t the same. So when I’m injured, I listen to podcasts instead. A good podcast gets my mind completely absorbed the way music in nature does, and the time flies by. Not only that but I learn new things. Podcasts literally get me out the door to do the cross training cardio that I would otherwise dread, because it is the only time I get to listen to them.


  1. Take it out of the lab
    Sports can be this great laboratory for being your best self, pushing your limits, setting goals, and refining your body, mind, and spirit for the task at hand. It builds confidence, and perspective. But the point of the laboratory is to take what you learn about yourself and apply it to the outside world. Injury is a good time to put that into practice. Be that kickass climber in the office, or for your family. Attack a problem in your community or your household with the same intellectual curiosity you apply to improving the bike leg of your triathlon. That’s the ultimate test of your athleticism: it’s exchange rate in your every day life.


So while injuries will always suck, (let’s be honest), trust me when I say that these tips will make all the difference.


Yours in Sport,

– Lauren

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