Ridiculous things Non-Runners Say to Runners

Yesterday, I saw an article on Facebook that focused on things non-runners said to runners. Rather than share the article, I thought I would come up with my own list of things people have said/asked me.annoy Warning: Excessive sarcasm and bluntness.

1. “I only run if someone/something is chasing me. Like a bear.”

Oh really? So you and the other 25 people that have said the same thing too? Guys, this line really isn’t funny anymore. We’ve heard it too many times.

2. “How was your run today”

There’s no need to ask someone how their run went every single time they get out there. We have good and bad runs, and if a runner had just come back from a bad run, the last thing we want to do is tell you about it. Just skip it.

3. “I hate running”

No you don’t. You just don’t have the endurance like I do so you’d much rather sit there and be a hater. I understand.

4. Wow, Caitlin, you are running all of these marathons!

NO, NO, NO. This one gets me all the time and I really wish people would acknowledge the difference. I have never run a marathon as of yet; only half marathons.  It irks me when people make that error because it is highly disrespectful to those who have run a marathon. My first marathon with be in November.

5.”You’re Going to run today? But it’s going to rain!”

Um, yes, and? If I have a race coming up and I’m smack dab in the middle of training, I don’t think a little rain is going to kill me. As a matter of fact, the more elements involved, the better the training. I ran an entire half marathon in the rain, so I think I’m good.

6. “It’s too cold to Run today”

Unless I’m training on Mount Everest, it is never too cold to run. Period.

7. “How far is a half marathon?”

I don’t understand this one. The answer couldn’t be any more obvious. Unless you don’t know how long a marathon is. If that is the case, then you need to consult Google my friends. I refuse to answer this silly question anymore.

8. “What do you mean you can’t go out tonight? You can’t skip just one run?

No, If I am training for something, and I have a long run the next day, I will be spending the evening with my pillow. A sacrifice we runners have to make, and with pleasure.

9. “I know how you feel after your race. I went to the gym for the first time in a while and my muscles are sore”

Please don’t insult me. You most certainly do not know how I feel. Not even close. If you can walk without looking like you have some swagger, then you’re fine.

10. “You ran HOW many miles? I don’t even like driving my car that far!”

Well congratulations on your laziness. I wouldn’t showcase that pride if  I were you.


There’s so much more that I’ve heard, but you get the picture.

Runners, what are some of the crazy things non runners have said to you?


















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