13 things fell runners say at races versus what they actually mean….

I have seen a few of these lists in the past, but mostly aimed at road runners so I had a think and came up with a few of my own!  How many of these can you relate to?

1. I am not here to race, just to get around

Means – I am not only going to smash my PB but yours too whilst I’m at it

2. I struggled a bit on that final hill

Means – I wanted to lie down and die right there on the path

3. I walked a couple of times

Means – I may as well have got out the picnic blanket and pork pies

4. I am not really that competitive

Means – If you beat me on a strava segment we can no longer be friends

5. There are only a couple of big climbs on this race that I can remember

Means – there were so many uphills it felt like I never actually descended and was running up one of those mind-bending Escher staircases for 5 miles

6. I’m trying this new “eat clean” thing

Means – I only had 1 pint after the race instead of 2 and bought mini fish and chips on the way home instead of extra-large with added mushy peas for the vitamins

7. I am never doing that race again

Means – I have to beat my time on that race next year

8. I was told not to run because I am injured

Means – I will finish this race if it kills me and then do another one tomorrow

9. It’s raining? That’s fine it’ll keep me cool during the race

Means – Why am I here when I could be at home drinking wine and watching Come Dine With Me?

10. I don’t really train that much

Means – I run every day with extra hill/sprint/fartlek/interval/speed/conditioning sessions on top

11. Well raced, there was no way I could catch up with you

Means – I hate you and hope you twist your ankle

12. Running is so great and cheap, no expensive gym membership each month for me!

Means – I spend the majority of my spare time researching the latest running gear and more of my income than I care to disclose on running shoes/kit/magazines/races/food

13. I would like to run a marathon one day

Means – 26 miles on the tarmac? You gotta be kidding me

Happy running x


9 Comments Add yours

  1. irunoffroad says:

    Very good 🙂


  2. stubbsyblog says:

    This actually made me LOL on reading this in fresh basil the other day!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Barrie says:

    Most for me to agree with but not all


  4. Miss Marple says:

    Pork pies all the way! Very funny!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. runningman44 says:

    Haha, best thing I’ve read in ages


  6. POB says:

    Some of these are too close to the truth for me for my liking!!🙂😂


  7. Steve Hepton says:

    Ha! I used 7 a few weeks ago, so true 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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