Runners Exposed: How the Sport Affects Everyday Life


In honor of Global Running Day today, Brooks Blog ran its annual Global Run Happy Report, and found many positive facts associated with running. More than 7,000 runners from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain and Germany were asked questions relating to running’s affect on everyday life.

Below are some of the results, and many of them break the popular stereotypes about runners. The rest of its findings are posted the blog website.

A running day is a good day

According to the report, 57 percent claim to be the most inspired while on a run; while some come up with their best ideas while in the shower or in the car, runners’ most intelligent thoughts come to them while out on the trail.

Also, 97 percent of people found that running improves their day – that’s why there’s over half a million marathoners in the world, according to a Running USA report.

Pics or it didn’t happen

Obviously, social media has rapidly taken over our society; every delicious meal someone eats is immediately posted to his or her Snapchat story, and Instagram is full of concert pictures. Running is no different – the Happy Report found that 59 percent of joggers post about their runs on social media, and 35 percent of people agree that a pre, during or post-run selfie is mandatory. Facebook is the preferred platform of run-sharing for 40 percent of those polled.

Running = sex?

A runner’s high can be defined as one experiencing a rush of adrenaline as a result of the endorphin release from exercising. However, some claim that running gives them more than just the “natural high;” fifty-four percent of runners claim that the energy boost from running is a natural turn on, and 51 percent said the post-run confidence is sexy too.

Why not get the best of both worlds? When asked what they most desire after a run, 7 percent said sex, and 8 percent think about sex while running.

Dreaming of a Rio medal

Whether you run competitively or not, all runners dream of being the fastest. As an Olympic competitor, 37 percent of runners would want to carry the torch through their hometown, and 41 percent dream of competing in a track and field event.

While the Kardashian’s are all over the news, only 4 percent of runners would allow the reality stars to be on their Olympic relay team; understandably so, 53 percent would choose athletes, such as LeBron James, David Beckham, Kobe Bryant and Cristiano Renaldo to be the other relay legs.

Will run for food

The popular “I hate running, but I love pizza shirt,” is actually inaccurate; while a popular pre-run ritual is the carb-load or pasta party, 31 percent of runners crave a light, nutritious meal after their run, such as salad or fruit. In fact, only 6 percent want that greasy food they just burned the calories off for, and a mere 5 percent actually desire beer, proving that many competitors only drink beer after a race because of the “free beer ticket.”

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run many distance races, and is going for her first marathon at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon this October. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism, and is working towards her Master in Arts in New Media and Marketing.