As a distance runner myself, I understand why someone would want to commemorate distance running with a tattoo. Many distance runners see it as a way of life. Perhaps it’s due to the runners high, or maybe the activity is just seriously fun. Running is my number one hobby and the activity that I spend a majority of my time doing.
The next tattoo I get will implement running into its design. To get a better idea of what I want, I decided to research to see what other distance runners are getting inked on their body. Below I’ve compiled a collection of tattoos for distance runners.
Most of the tattoos I came across are focused on marathon distance races. These tattoos implement the number 26.2 into the design, referring to the number of miles in a marathon. Although I do not use the metric system, races are often measured in meters. Some marathon tattoos you’ll see have the number “42.2”, showing the number of kilometers in a marathon.
Do Tattoos Hurt Running Performance?
No. Plenty of world class athletes showcase elaborate tattoos all over their bodies. From professional soccer athletes to competitive chess players, tattoos are common. Tattoos may be a placebo for some though. If one believed that tattoos hurt running performance and then got one, they would blame every misstep on the tattoo.
Tattoos can be seen on professional distance runners competing at international events. Unless you have some sort of allergic reaction to the ink, a tattoo will not hurt your distance running performance.
Why A Runner Might Want To Get A Tattoo.
- To remember a race:
Racing is a very special thing in the running community. Some people work all year to participate in one race. If someone competed in their first 5k or marathon, it took a lot of effort to get there. In this case, someone may want to get a tattoo to remember that race.
- Memorial to a running friend:
In the running community, it is common to bond over a long run. These long runs can develop very close relationships and friendships. I have found that people are more willing to have an in depth and more personal conversation on a long run, and thus, I have gained many close friendships through running.
It’s an unfortunate part of life, but you may lose people. If you and the person you lost avidly ran together, a running themed tattoo would be totally appropriate to get tattooed. Every time you look at that tattoo, you will remember the hours and miles spent with the person close to you.
- Celebration of the sport and lifestyle:
It’s no secret to anybody that runs: running is a lifestyle. You live, eat, and sleep running. The food you have is to prepare you for the next run. You’re always thinking about how you can get better and improve your times. In celebration of the sport, you can get a long distance running tattoo.
- Shows commitment to the sport:
Similar to the previous point, people may get a running tattoo to show commitment to the sport. If you have a tattoo, you’re more likely to see that and remember that you need to do your run for the day. It can act as a constant reminder of who you want to be and what you want to achieve.
- Running is who some people are:
Running is many peoples only hobby. It’s one of my few hobbies. If running is ‘who you are’, then maybe you should consider getting a tattoo to acknowledge this!