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The 14 Signs You Love Running a Bit Too Much

07/03/2016 09:54 GMT | Updated 07/03/2017 10:12 GMT

It's official. Running has taken over my life.

As someone who has never screamed at my favourite footie team on the TV or come first in anything (except for a rather exciting egg and spoon race as a child), I didn't see it coming.

But, it was the point at which I was coming home from a night out carrying a foam roller (which to the untrained eye looks a bit like a pugel stick) more excited about rolling around than crawling under the duvet (at 1am), that it hit me. Running has changed me!

For the better, you ask? Yes, if I think about purely my health. The state of the house and my one-note chat, however, might tell another story.

Quite why it has taken me so long to realise this, is beyond me. The signs are everywhere, but I guess I was too busy running 10 miles into the office to notice.

Here are just a few of them. Dare you admit the signs might just be in your life too?

1) Your laundry looks like this...

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2) Your living room looks like this...

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3) Your bedroom has a foam roller in it

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4) And a pile of these by the bed

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5) You think running trainers look good with everything

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6) You turn up to client meetings with this work bag...

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...and you decide what to take to work based on what fits inside!

7) You have a cupboard that looks like this...

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8) Your breakfast looks like this...

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9) You think a running belt it a great Christmas present...

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10) You know what one of these is... (and you like it)

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11) You have a drawer set aside just for charity vests and finisher T-shirts

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12) Your Sunday alarm looks like this...

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13) Light reading looks like this...

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14) And... you get very defensive when anyone even suggests running is bad for you (yes, you really do!)

I confess, when I picked up my first pair of running trainers, I didn't think it would lead to this.

If I want to keep my friends, I might have to consider a less life-consuming hobby post marathon.

If I can find another use for the foam roller that is...