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Runner’s humor

June 8, 2018

As a rule, runners have a pretty well developed sense of humor. By and large, we’re able to laugh at ourselves and have a good time. It’s not unusual to see plenty of t-shirts, blogs, articles and signs about runners and running, mostly quite funny.

Non runners even like to get into the picture although their humor edges on the sarcastic if not being outright derisive. While I’m hardly a psychologist, I firmly believe much of their humor is based on jealousy. Those non runners secretly wish they were out there if they had the energy and the discipline themselves. But, then again, maybe I’m being too hard on them (oh no, I don’t think so).

Here are some examples. I’ll let you decide which ones are from runners and ones from non runners:

Seen on the back of a runners T-shirt, I could use one of these.

     “Slow runners make fast runners look good.”

                “You’re welcome”

High school running coach

     “Remember, the second most important thing to choosing the right shoe is choosing the left one.”


     “Before you criticize a runner you should run a mile in their shoes. That way, when you do criticize them, you’re a            mile away and have their shoes”

Excuse for non runners

     “We can’t all be runners. Someone has to stand on the sidelines and cheer”

Seen on a spectator’s sign

     “If it was easy, I would do it”

Seen on the back of a runner’s T-shirt


     “Gray hair”


     “Ahead of you”

Excuses, excuses

     “The problem that new runners find is that by the time they realize they’re not in shape, they’ve gone too far to                walk back”

No pain, no gain

     “If you start to feel good half way through the race, don’t worry, you will get over it”

John Bingham on running marathons

     “I didn’t train all that time just to come here and get it over with as fast as I can”

Enjoy, that’s all for now.

If you see some yourself, send them to me, I’ll add them to my collection.

Roger Hollis

Air Force veteran, a veteran of 30+ years in the corporate world. Published in Medical Devices magazine. Illustrator for "1000 Ways in 1000 Days" available on Amazon. Long time runner. Author of "Running Log" also available on Amazon

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