The Taurus Runner

The Taurus RunnerHappy birthday to our favorite Taurus runner Salty! She’s in good company among several other notable Taurans, including Joan Benoit, Alysia Montano, and Meb. During this month where almost every weekend has multiple marathons and national championship races, the bull-headed stubbornness of Taurus runners who have trained tirelessly toward their big goals is either paying off, reaping the rewards they so very much desire, or serving as wake-up call for those whose procrastination won out over determination.

Their characteristic bull-headed drive for success is perfectly reflected in Joan Benoit, who won gold at the 1984 Olympics, the first year the women’s marathon was introduced. She still holds records at both the Chicago and Olympic Marathons, and her Boston Marathon was the fastest time for an American woman for 28 years. She had knee surgery a mere 17 days before the Olympics Trials Marathon in 1984, but her Taurus nature wouldn’t let her give up and she showed up and won, then followed with a win at the Olympics three months later. Her Boston Marathon finish in 2011 at the age of 53 got her a first in her age group with a 2:51:29. Whether you chalk it up to strength or stubbornness, the power of the Taurus runner can’t be denied!

What other traits do Taurus runner share? Read on!

The Taurus Runner

The Taurus runner is reliable, dependable, devoted, loyal and patient on the positive side and stubborn, uncompromising, and materialistic on the negative. She sets high goals for her running and works toward them with a rigid single-mindedness.

Birthday: April 20-May 20

Salty Taurus: Salty, herself!

Famous Taurus Runners: Joan Benoit, Alysia Montano, Tatyana McFadden, Meb Keflezighi, Galen Rupp

Element: Earth

Symbol: The Bull

Favorite Place to Run: The Taurus runner craves stability and deplores change, hence you will find her on the same paths, running in the same direction, at the same time each day, week after week. She does not like to deviate from her plan and so has either a treadmill at home or a gym membership she can fall back on should any unexpected barrier come up.

Role in the Running Group: Rarely the one to take the lead and forge a new trail first, the Taurus runner instead follows along on a new route, observing and calculating so the next time you go she’s created a workout specifically for that elevation profile. She is not a social butterfly with 100 different running acquaintances, instead she holds a small group of very dear friends close to her heart. To these she is fiercely loyal, and like a bull in the herd, she has your back when sh*t hits the fan. She enjoys pampering her closest friends and loves high-end indulgences and so is usually the one hosting running get-togethers, always including treats she knows are your favorites.

Training: Due to her tendency toward being stubborn and uncompromising, she follows her training plan to the letter, sometimes to her detriment. She is perfectly happy training independently and doing her plan HER way. This unwillingness to deviate can help her reach her goals quickly and efficiently, but also leaves her vulnerable to over-training and overuse injuries. Don’t try to warn her about potential pitfalls to her rigidness; she has a temper hiding under that calm exterior and will fiercely butt heads with you as she defends her system. Luckily, Taurus runners are particularly sensitive to touch, and as such, tend to be very good about stretching and visiting a massage therapist or getting adjusted by a chiropractor at the slightest twinge.

Galen Rupp and Meb Keflezighi
It’s no secret that these two Taurus runners are unafraid to break out of the pack and race alone.

Racing: Because of the Taurus runner’s independence, you will never find her following along with a pace group at a race. She loves music, and most of her race pictures capture her with Beats or Bose headphones in (only the best for Taurus!), scowling, determined, and with an inwardly focused resting bitch face. She does not train to just finish, but wants to WIN. And after winning, she loves to reward herself for work well done. Underneath the tough exterior is a very sensitive soul however, and when a race doesn’t go her way she takes the hit very hard.

Fueling: The Taurus runner enjoys fine wine and drink, you will never find her eating fast food or refined grains. She sticks to her healthy, whole-grain, whole-food diet except when she treats herself, her indulgences are never Oreos or boxed wine but rather tiramisu, truffles, or a dry martini. She loves fueling her body with only the best organic, local foods and tends to eschew processed gels for natural simple sugars during a race like honey and maple syrup.

Fashion: Because Taurus runners are so tactile, they are very sensitive to the feel of the fabric they work out in. They hate synthetic fabrics and instead love high end running gear, from Smart Wool to Lululemon. If it isn’t expensive or name brand, you’ll never find a Taurus sporting it!

Injuries and Health: Because of their relentless single-mindedness when working toward a running goal, Taurus runners place themselves in a position to get injured and to ignore injury on their quest toward the perfect race. Because of their jaw-clenching determination, stiff necks, sore throats and earaches are common Tauran complaints as well as knee issues.

Best Running Buddies: Taurans are most compatible with the other Earth-signs, Virgo and Capricorn, because of their shared value of hard work and dependability; if one these three says they’ll meet you for a 5am run, you won’t be stood up! If she were going to get into a romantic relationship with a running buddy, a Taurus runner would most likely end up in a relationship with a Scorpio and, due to the fixed nature of their signs, become completely inseparable.

So what’s your sign? Are you or one of your best running buddies a Taurus? Did we nail it?

I'm an elementary P.E. teacher with a long-term, ongoing marathon addiction.The next big goal? Keeping up my BQ streak while aiming for a 3:10! I write about the not-so-glamorous side of running and fitting in serious training with a family while staying sane(ish).

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  1. I’ve got an awesome Taurus running buddy 😉 Parts of this nailed her, some parts made me laugh, mostly the fashion part, lol!

  2. I’m a Taurus (May 12) and my non-runner husband is a Scorpio. Some of these are bang-on (tiramisu vs. Oreos!) and some not so much (I’m too cheap to buy high-end running clothes!) This is a fun feature. It’s cool to find out who some fellow Taureans are – especially Salty!

    1. JEN! We are the SAME! My husband is a Scorpio who makes fun of my food snobbery, but I still wear shorts I bought in 2006, so …

  3. Taurus runner here (May 16th)…..some of these are spot on, others not so much. Loved reading this!! I think one of my greatest attributes is also one of my unfortunate weaknesses. I am very loyal – and I have found in my adulthood, this can cause some pain when you are burned by those who take that for granted. Another thing that really stuck out to me is that I am very social. I love meeting and talking to new people. I am usually the one at a race that knows a good amount of people. So that goes against my sign.

    1. Yep, on the loyalty thing. I can’t help it, but it has caused me lots of pain, but I now understand that not all people are that way and it’s ok. But it’s a challenge at times!

  4. As an objective Libra observer… The taurus runner I know doesn’t buy a lot of high end running gear, but back when she was a lawyer she did have a pretty heavy Anthropologie habit. The rest? DEAD ON. 🙂