Things Only Runners Will Understand

I’ve written about #runnerprobs before, and wanted to follow up with some more running humor. Some of the tweets and memes I found seriously crack me up! All while I’m thinking, ” so true.” Here are a few things that hopefully put a smile on your face this morning… :)


Yup. Been there…still am there. 4 years after my first marathon and two of my toenails are still messed up!


This one actually made my laugh. As runners we’re always so hard on ourselves after a bad race…I know even when someone says no you did awesome! I’m like, ehhhhhh….


Story of my life every day.



And this is why I have yet to sign up for a spring marathon! I haven’t done much running outside yet :)

Whether it’s running or lifting, I think everyone can relate. Currently, my legs are STILL sore from Monday’s workout!

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The worst!

I don’t think I will ever enjoy running outside in the cold.

No really, props to all you winter runners! Though in late November when it was 35 out I was still wearing shorts for runs. Learned this the hard way after my 2011 NYC Marathon where it was 65 degrees out and I wore long UnderArmour leggings because I thought that was cold -____-

Which one of these can you relate to? 

Fill in the blank: You know you’re a runner when _______________. 


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Thoughts I Have While Running

I was inspired to write this post after seeing this post by FitnessMomWineCountry. I had seen the original BuzzFeed article (75 Thoughts Every Runner Has While Out For A Run) and thought it was hilarious. We have definitely all thought these things before!

thoughts while running

So why not make my own list? I haven’t been running much lately, but will start up again soon to train for my July half marathon. I almost always have the following things running through my brain:

  • Okay let’s just walk for, like, 5 minutes to warm-up.
  • Screw it, I want to just start running, okay here we go.
  • I’m feeling awesome! My music is playing, I feel great…I could probably run forever today.
  • Wait, is that my shin that is hurting a little. Is it hurting? Should I stop? Nah, I’ll keep running, it’s probably a phantom pain.
  • Yay the pain went away…keep running…
  • Mile 1 down, X to go.
  • Why does the second mile always seem to drag on?
  • Ugh not in the mood for this song. Let’s skip it. Skipping a song on my phone while running is much harder than it looks. 
  • Fine let me walk for a second to find a song. Okay, found one. Back to running.
  • I think I have to go to the bathroom…do I? Hmm…there is a bathroom at the library…
  • I wonder what I look like to other people while I’m running (glances at reflection in storefront window).
  • I feel like I’m flying! (looks at window, “I certainly don’t look like I’m flying.”)
  • *Looks at watch* Only X miles?!?! I feel like I’ve been running forever…
  • Look into homes as I run past them and imagine what those people’s lives are like (you know you’ve done it too…I’m not the only creep).
  • What races should I register for coming up?
  • Okay last mile let’s pick it up a bit…maybe some fartleks.
  • *During speed portion of fartlek* I bet all these cars driving by think I’m running so fast, and that this is my pace for the whole run! (hehe)
  • Actually, they probably don’t even notice me or care.
  • Hello fellow runner. *Little wave*
  • Finally back home. Time to stretch.

No really, who else looks at their reflection while they’re running? You know you do ;)

Leave a comment with a few of your thoughts while you are out running!


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“OK, You’re a Runner, Get Over It.” My Response

I read this article last night after seeing it posted on Facebook. Its tagline is: “Running a marathon is hard enough without also patting yourself on the back every step of the way.”


Well…duh ;)

People have commented on the article and on Facebook saying people shouldn’t even bother responding because it is only spreading the author’s piece to a wider audience. But I did want to respond, because I want people to see my side (a runner) of things, especially those who may not share my passion (and I have a lot of friends who don’t) but may read his article.

He basically writes about how people only run marathons and half marathons to boast about it and put those 26.2 and 13.1 stickers on their car. Yes, I have those stickers, because I ran a freakin’ half and a full marathon, I think it’s certainly something to boast about! But to say that people train for 5-6 months solely for a sticker is absurd.

Runners train for many reasons. We train to feel fit. We train because it’s a stress reliever. We train because we want to compete against ourselves. We train to get over hardships. I don’t know of any runner who runs day in and day out, or trains for a marathon or half marathon solely to brag about it.

“But the clothes—well, that’s a different story. Many of the shirts on the racks have running logos, motivational slogans and images of stick people running.

Like the 26.2 and 13.1 bumper stickers, this apparel serves a clear purpose: We can look at them and immediately know that the person wearing it is a runner—perhaps even an accomplished one.”

I like buying these clothes with quotes on the front because it motivates me. I also see plenty of people at the gym who LIFT and don’t run wearing this type of clothing. What’s wrong with wanting to buy clothes that motivate you as soon as you put them on?

“I have a theory. There is no more visible form of strenuous exercise than running. When runners are dashing down a street in the middle of town or through a subdivision, they know that every driver, every pedestrian, every leaf-raker and every person idly staring out a window can see them.

These days, people want more than ever to be seen.”

So basically, we should stick to working out in the gym, because if we exercise outdoors, it’s only because we want attention?

I run because I like being outside and feeling the different seasons. I love feeling the heat and humidity in the summer. I love seeing my breath in the winter. I like that you need no equipment to run outside. All you need is your body. What’s wrong with that?

I suppose what bothered me about this article is that it lumps all runners together, stating that we all just want attention. Yes, I’ve been told by my boyfriend that I post too much about my running on my Instagram or Twitter (he isn’t a runner), but on the flip side, I have gotten so many inspiring comments from followers, as well as tips and advice from fellow runners. We are a community of people who help each other, and the same can be said for any fitness related community (lifting, CrossFit, spin, fitness in general).

I never post things because I want to brag and get a “like.” I certainly don’t run for that either…trust me, there are many days where I hate running and being out there.

And time out, runners are the only one posting on Facebook? What about statuses or tweets about “I’m going to the gym,” “I squatted X amount today!” etc. etc. Those don’t bother me at all, and sometimes they even motivate me to get my butt to the gym.  What’s so bad about that?

It’s like, you can’t win. If we don’t exercise, people write about how lazy/obese America is becoming. When there is a running boom in the US and more runners than ever who are being active, people write about how they only do it for attention.


Update: You need to read this hilarious rebuttal by Runner’s World.

What are your thoughts on the article? I’d love to hear them!


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