You know you're part of the running community when...   

Running. You either get it or you don’t. Whether it’s for charity, health benefits or just to let off a bit of steam, become a runner and you join a running community that your non-runner friends and family might not understand.

Saturday morning runs replace Saturday morning hangovers

Early morning runner in a field

Waking up at 5am and rubbing Vaseline on your legs seems the norm to you. And while your mates are on the morning struggle bus, you’re out in the fresh air beating your personal best.

Running withdrawal rears its head

After a while, you’ll find that non-running starts to hurt more than running. When life gets in the way and you haven’t had been able to cover your morning miles, you can get a bit irritable and the people around you will start to notice. Just remember, your body needs a break from time to time, but keep hydrating with Buxton so that you’re ready to hit the ground running at the next available opportunity (even if it is a lap of the park on your lunch break). See our Water On the go range with Sports cap here.

Your wardrobe is questionable

Marathon runner dressed in swimming gear

Your accessories become wearable technology. A running watch. A fitness tracker. Three separate apps that basically tell you the same thing. Once you’ve joined a running club, anything goes. And you slip into Lycra at any opportunity. Well, it’s comfortable and pricey so you may as well get the use out of it. Maybe dust off the dried-in mud before you rock up at the family Sunday dinner though.

Your friends and family stop asking about your weekend plans

They know the answer already and you're probably too focused on that finish line, real or imaginary, to notice that you haven’t been to a social event in ages. Marathon announcements are met with sighs and eye rolls. Bring up your stats yet again and non-runners will begin to wish that you would start running straight away (in the other direction).

You often forget that not everyone is part of the running community

You’re fluent in running jargon, but those that haven’t joined a running club aren’t. A ‘fartlek’ is not common knowledge and not everyone knows that LSD means ‘long slow distance’. You’ll forget that not everyone is interested in how far you’re running and how quickly you are doing it, especially if they haven’t run a mile since school PE lessons.

You develop strange habits

You don’t buy frozen peas to eat. They’re for aches and pains. And you’ve always got a bottle of Buxton water in tow. Your foam roller becomes your new best friend and you find safety pins and confusing tan lines everywhere. You can’t remember a time when you didn’t have calluses. But perhaps the strangest thing of all is that you wouldn’t have it any other way.

Let’s Go Big Together and make sure you get the best of both worlds. Non-running friends will keep you grounded and remind you that missing out on a mile or two isn’t the end of the world. While your pals in the running community are there to share tips and stories of misadventures.

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Group of runners showing off their running trainers

Water contributes to the maintenance of normal physical and cognitive function and normal regulation of body temperature. At least 2L of water, from all sources, should be consumed per day, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle