Inside the weird habits of runners
Runners tend to operate by self-created rules and regulations — a Runner's Code of Crazy, if you will. Peek into their brains on a long run, and you'll witness elaborate one-sided conversations ("How much farther? Should I eat my gel now or five minutes from now? Didn't I cross this bridge already?"). Of course, not all runners are created equal. But most of them do have recurring habits and traits that might look strange to the outside world.
My latest story for SHAPE gets into the good-hair-day sacrifices, tunnel vision, and insane stretching techniques of runners. We also enjoy hoarding our bibs and medals.