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25 Things that runners say ...


Monday, March 03, 2014

... that non-runners find just plain silly or, worse, can't be sure if it's even in English.

1) Time for new shoes, Iíve already run 500 miles in the ones I have!
-- Itís true. You canít run in old broke down shoes. And you have to break in the new ones.

2) She(WMBO) is going to kill me when I bring home another pair of running shoes, I only have 10 pair in the closet, 3 by the door and 2 she doesn't know about in the back of the car.
-- Hey. Iíve looked in her closet and she still has more shoe than I do.

3) Wow! Compression socks for only $45! Get two pair!
-- Hey theyíre normally $60 a pair. Yes, $60 socks, but they arenít just any socks. Theyíre COMPRESSION socks.

4) I have to cut my toenails so I don't bruise them and lose anymore this time around!
-- Toenail care is so important.

5) You only want to run 3 miles? Okay, Iíll just do four before we meet up and then run 3 with you.
6) Going for a short run today. About four miles.
-- Well, sure. And my long run is 13.

7) I went out for my LSD today.
-- Relax, Thatís Long Slow Distance.

8) If I can just PR, Iíll be happy for the rest of the year. And really happy if I can BQ. Of course I canít use my iPod because then I might get DQíd. I may just come in first in my AG. But in the end I will just be happy to finish.
-- Not really. I want that PR. (PR=Personal Record, BQ=Boston Qualify, DQ=DisQualify, AG=Age Group like 60-65 Men)

9) This marathon fee was only $75!
-- Wow! $75 for a Marathon? Sign me up!

10) No finisherís medal? Forget it. I only run for bling.
-- Yep. I have heard it. Whereís the glory of the run, the competition, the Ö what do you mean no shirt either? Not even a cotton one? Count me out.

11) Fartlek.
-- Just that word. It's a real word. Google it.

12) Woo-hoo! Only 10 miles to go.
-- Now I know I will finish.

13) It's 40ļF out, I think it's time for shorts.
-- We are getting into some good running weather there.

14) I got this IT band thing going on.
15) This plantar fasciitis is gonna slow me down today.
16) The doctor say I should rest it up, so Iíll only run 5 miles today.
-- We are such bad patients.

17) Hey honey. How about we go to Ireland for our 40th anniversary next August. I know our anniversary is in June but there's a race in Dublin in August.
-- Yes, but honey Ö but honey Ö Look I never ask you to got to my races. You can stay in the hotel, or go shopping while I run.

18) Oh. You want to go to Scotland too? Letís see if anyone is running while we are there. Oh Look! This little island off the coast has a half.
-- I know thereís no hotel on the Island. You can stay in the town where the ferry pocks while I go live in a tent on a windswept rock in the Atlantic Ocean for three days of our vacation. Itíll be an adventure.

19) I can't go on vacation that week because I have a race that weekend.
-- Look, i just paid $75 for that race. Going to the beach that weekend would be a waste.

20) I'm only running the half this weekend.
- Because I ran a full last weekend.

21) Hmmm. Kenyans.
-- OK. Kenyans also means Ethiopians, Ghanans, Moroccans, pretty much anyone from Africa who is leading the race by a half mile.

22) Why don't we just tack a long cool down on to make it an even 20 on the day?
-- Who wants to admit to running only 19.5 miles. Even numbers are best. Until race day. Then itís 13.1 or 26.2.

23) Ugh, my Garmin still doesnít have a signal.
-- If you see someone walking around in running gear looking at their watch, then at the sky then at their watch, they are waiting for a satellite. To track their run. Doesnít everyone do that?

24) Saturday: (before 5k) Well, I'm running a half marathon tomorrow, so I don't know how I'll do.
Sunday: Well, I ran a 5k yesterday pretty much all out, so I don't know how I'll do.
-- Then you PR both.

25) It looked like a PR, but I think the course was short.
-- I have a 23:52 PR for the 5k but I have never come close to that since. I think the course was short by as much as a quarter mile. But PR is a PR so I should take it? But I paid for 3.1 miles not 2.76 miles. I was cheated.
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CHANGINGHORSES 3/5/2014 5:24AM

    That was just too funny! A great way to wake up this morning. (My coffee is on the monitor now.) emoticon

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GRAMMYEAC 3/3/2014 11:15PM

    Love the turnaround! Everybody has their special language...

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RUN4FOOD 3/3/2014 9:23PM

    I knew you could do a good one on runners, and you did, thanks.
I just shared most of them with my wife. We could somehow relate.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 3/3/2014 8:08PM

    Yes, the foot care. I totally understand the foot care.

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BOPPY_ 3/3/2014 5:17PM

    BTB, Android phones with the Google app, My Tracks, works better than any Garmin, and is FREE!


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DEBBYFROMMT 3/3/2014 10:17AM

    OMG! Heard them ALL. I hate fartleks.

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PHOENIX1949 3/3/2014 9:22AM

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Learned some new things today & my new word of the day is fartlek.

Enjoyed the peek inside a runner's world.

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GARDENCHRIS 3/3/2014 8:34AM

    to funny! emoticon

AND YOU MADE ME LOOK UP FARTLEK!

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4_MY_LIFE 3/3/2014 7:24AM

    I think I've heard most of those from my son.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 3/3/2014 7:11AM

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BIGPAWSUP 3/3/2014 6:42AM

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SHRINKINGSHERI 3/3/2014 5:58AM

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LEXIE63 3/3/2014 4:24AM

    Have shared with my daughter who just ran and completed her first half marathon. :-)

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BOPPY_ 3/3/2014 2:19AM

    We ran fahrtlichs (sp? German for "travel-ish"?) in cross country in high school circa 1960 (I was 13 years old, 6'1", about 135 lbs.). BTB, the coach that had us do this was a real character. He told us that Adidas was a French company, and the name was pronounced "Adias". It's a German company, and is named after the German Olympic runner -- Adi Dassler.

His name was Bill Warner. He was in his late to mid-40s and about 5'4" tall. He ran with us, but he was overweight. He also had a wife that was at least 10 years his junior, who was about 6' tall.

Hadn't thought about any of this until I saw you mention fartlek.

Lee emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 3/3/2014 1:57AM

    LOL Too funny! Nodding my head. Thanks

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CIPHER1971 3/3/2014 1:46AM

    emoticon I think I may end up growing into some of those, although I recognise some, but I am still working up to a half marathon

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