...you know all the competitors prices on powerbars.
...you know all the stats on new shoes/spikes.
...your idea of a fun track party is to watch a tape of yourself running- while watching this tape you yell at yourself, or are suprised at the competition.
...you time yourself on a video.
...you show up to a meet with two boxes of spikes.
...you actually enjoy watching indoor 5000 on television.
...you cheer when your coach says you're doing hills
...you read Runners World cover to cover while standing at the front desk at the school library the morning it arrives.
...you leave a dance before 11 because you have a meet the next day.
...you carry on conversations in study hall about track etiquette.
...you and a teammate discuss how all the teams in the state are doing during study hall every day.
...you try to get every freshman you can to join the team, even if they are already doing a sport that season.
...you enjoy playing duck duck goose with a youth group knowing you can outrun them- you then get sad when no one picks you as goose.
...you are willing to paint letters on your chest when it's 50 below to cheer your team on.
...you sleep with your racers.
...the majority of the clothes you own are track attire.
...you feel naked without your stop-watch on.
...you have a watch tan that never goes away.
...you spend your spring weekends running circles in really short shorts.
...you're driving down the road and wondering why there isn't 8 lanes.
...while driving down the same road, you yell "track" continuously out your window.
...you had trouble in driver's ed. because they always wanted you to look over your shoulder- and you said it was against your set of morals (as a runner).
...you don't understand why stop lights don't have water-fall starts.
...when your dad says "get me a ladder", you go do a 400, 800, 1600, 800, 400.
...all the long sleeved shirts you wear are from track/xc.
...you wear race shirts more than once a month outside of running.
...you have a collection of Gatorade bottles.
...you actually look forward to running the mile in gym class.
...you know the school records by heart.
...you know the honor roll times by heart.
...you write all your vocabulary sentences dealing with running.
...you actually look forwad to using a port-a-pot.
...you start to crave Power Bars.
...you schedule dates around meets.
...you keep more than two pairs of running shoes in your closet.
...you own spandex in more than one color.
...your underwear covers more than your uniform does.
...your friends go to an elevator and you beat them on the stairs.
...you always stretch in the lunch line. (what runner eats cafeteria food though?!)
...you double knot all your shoes out of habit.
...you carry a spike wrench on your person at all times.
...you carry a waterbottle to every class. (Ed. Note.: my teachers make fun of me for that!!!)
...you correct people when they say you "run in circles" by responding with, "their ovals! Duh!"
(Sent in by many readers, some written by non-readers, and the editor and friends also. Thanks to all who helped out in this great list of true things that describe those of us known as "trackie's". I really enjoyed reading and putting these together.)