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10 Strange Facts About Runners

Posted by: on July, 23 2015

Found on RunnersWorld.com and written by Megan Hetzel

How many women runners prefer to go commando?

Runners are a wonderfully quirky bunch—covering nipples with Band-Aids, chatting freely about going Number 2, lacing up to run despite quarter-sized blisters, and willingly logging long runs on treadmills or in sweltering heat.

The results from a new survey, conducted through a partnership with Brooks Running Company and Wakefield Research, capture those runner eccentricities.

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Released in conjunction with National Running Day on June 3, the Brooks Run Happy Nation Report polled a total of 1,000 runners from the United States, Canada, and Germany.

From gear preferences to sex habits, here are the weirdest bits of data gleaned from the survey:

11 percent of female Canadian runners run sans underwear, while eight percent of American women admit to going commando. As far as German ladies go, 72 percent don granny panties.

20 percent of those Americans surveyed prefer pounding the pavement with a pup, while 32 percent choose a two-legged buddy.

47 percent of women reach for racerback-style sports bras. The crossback variety was the second most popular at 39 percent.

79 percent of those surveyed say, if they could only wear one type of shoes for the rest of their lives, they’d pick running shoes—not that this is surprising.

48 percent of men aim to build legs like soccer pro David Beckham’s. For the ladies, 37 percent aspire to having legs like those belonging to actor Cameron Diaz.

43 percent of runners say they’d hit the ’mill rather than skip their run when the weather takes a turn for the worse. In Germany, 52 percent brave bad conditions no matter what.

32 percent of those polled say they channel Forrest Gump on the run, while 26 percent make like Rocky Balboa through the streets of Philadelphia.

43 percent of the field says blister-covered feet top the list of runner annoyances. Experiencing GI distress with no relief in sight (32 percent) and chafing (14 percent) round out the worst issues.

35 percent of respondents say prerace romance improves performance. The sweat session lasts, too—41 percent of Americans reveal running spurs more between-the-sheets action post-workout.

44 percent of those surveyed toast a run well done with wine. Those who sip on beer and cocktail split the difference, dialing in at 24 percent each.