The Pisces Runner

imageHappy belated birthday, 2012 Olympian Kim Conley! Kim, who’s birthday was last week, is gearing up for the Olympic Track trials. Other famous Piscean runner ladies? Kim’s fellow 2012 Olympian, Morgan Uceny and, oh, you know, just the greatest woman athlete of the 20th century, the late great heptathlete Jackie Joyner Kersee.

Pisces seem rarer in the world of competitive athletics than some other signs, although it makes sense when you consider Pisces tend to be on the more soft-spoken side and would often rather help others over themselves. Jackie Joyner Kersee was famous for her soft and kind demeanor and her generous spirit. She founded the Jackie Joyner Kersee Foundation to help the youth of East St. Louis, the hometown where Jackie grew up and overcame poverty, tragedy and discrimination through sport. She was also a founding member of Athletes for Hope, a foundation that pairs elite athletes with charitable work. Even Kim Conley notably paced dozens of OTQ hopefuls at the 2014 California International Marathon, including our very own Tea!

What are other hallmarks of a Pisces runner? Well, read on to find out! 

The Pisces Runner

The Pisces runner is a goal-oriented athlete, organized yet laid-back. She dreams about PRs, race experiences, and new destinations and finds creative ways to get herself there.

Birthday: February 18 – March 20

Salty Pisces: Cilantro and Caper

Famous Runner Pisces: Jackie Joyner Kersee, Kim Conley, and Morgan Uceney

Element: water

Symbol: fish

Favorite Place to Run: These runners are true to their element, like a fish out of water! Their favorite miles are spent by water, whether it is stomping puddles in the rain, running along a river path or along the oceanfront, or wading through a creek on a trail.

Role in the Running Group: Pisces tend to carry conflicting feelings toward running with larger groups of people. On one hand, Pisces are extremely loyal ladies and have the potential to be the best, most-dedicated running buddy! When, that is, she actually wishes to run with people, as Pisces often prefers to take on the mileage solo so she can get lost in her own thoughts without the distraction of a chatty group, particularly about plans for her next project or creation.

Training: Even though Pisces are friendly and loyal, they value their alone time and tend to train by themselves. Pisces’ favorite workouts are long runs, which provide the time she craves to create and reflect. As for training plans, she rarely feels pressure to stick with them religiously. Pisces are very creative thinkers, so they often find ways to cobble together a good training cycle without a solid plan. And even if they don’t stick to the same workouts consistently, they do have a very consistent running schedule. These ladies often run by feel and do not stress themselves out about minutes and seconds. Pisces also loves her rest. She is likely to be found napping after a weekend long run!

Heptathlete, JJK was definitely into multisport!
Heptathlete, JJK was definitely into multisport!

Racing: A Pisces runner loves a race that brings together special elements in her life; if she can run a race with a loved one or have a small, intimate starting line, she’s thrilled. Pisces runners prefer low-key, smaller races and have little patience for a large start. They are mentally very strong and love challenging themselves with races of distances extending past the marathon, like Cilantro, our beloved ultra-running Pisces! These runners also prefer quality over quantity. A Pisces athlete would rather compete in one race per year and have an intimate, meaningful run, than have to compete in many goal races throughout the year. Again, due to the nature of their symbol, these runners are also likely to prefer multisport, particularly anything that involves swimming! One thing to watch out for though, is that these runners tend to be oversensitive, so a Pisces might worry more than she should about how others will view her race performances.

Fueling: These reflective, deep-thinking runners prefer to take time to fuel before their run, usually in the form of coffee and carbs! You can find them on the patio or in their kitchen, soaking in the peace of the morning before a race or a training run; they take their sweet time to gear up for a workout. Pisces women, similar to their Aquarian neighbors, are not super concerned about their diets. They totally consider donuts to be a recovery food and are not ashamed to publicly admit that on Instagram.

Fashion: Comfort is key for this water sign. They rely on the same basics they have had for years, and often wear their shoes completely out before buying new ones! Pisces runners are on the, shall we say, frugal end of the spectrum when it comes to shopping for running clothes. This sign only splurges on gear that is completely necessary. A Pisces rarely shops for running clothes in comparison to other signs, so taking the time to purchase a new pair of tights is a BFD!

Injuries: Each astrological sign has a weak part of their body. Pisces, watch out for foot and lower leg injuries, which you are particularly susceptible to! Even things like plantar warts, blisters, bunions, and toenail problems are more likely to afflict you.

Best Running Buddies: Your best running buddies will often be other water signs like Scorpio or Cancer. You also tend to get along swimmingly with Capricorns.

So what’s your sign?

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  1. I’m a Virgo but I feel like I relate well with Pisces and some of these traits!Although, definitely not when it comes to racing…I like to race far more often than once a year! Although, not all of my races are goal races- I prefer 2-3 goal races a year so I have more focus and they have more meaning.

  2. I think this is the first astrology “horoscope” that I’ve ever found actually matched me. Spot on for my running style!