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#5881 Annoying Stuff Non-Runners Say / Stuff Runners Say

Posted by Gavin on 25 July 2013 - 06:27 PM

I found this pretty hilarious post written in early May of this year titled "Top 10 Ways to Annoy a Runner". I've definitely come across all ten of these in the past few years that I've been a runner.



1. “How was your jog?”

I don’t jog, I run. Whether I am channeling my inner-Olympian or schlepping along sucking wind, if I am giving it my all, I am running.




2. “Oh, I wish I had time to exercise, but I am so busy!”

Oh really, you don’t have time to exercise? Are you implying that I have tons of spare time on my hands? Well, I don’t. I have as many hours in the day as you do; we just have different priorities.


3. “Did you win your race?”

No, I didn’t “win” my race. Do you have any idea how many runners are at these events? And how many are younger/taller/better/stronger? They are not all recreational runners like me either, but thanks for asking the question and making me feel like a loser. Guess what? FINISHING = WINNING.


4. “I don’t run because it is so bad for the knees.”

Well, that’s fine if it’s what keeps you cozy on the couch, but running is proven to have countless health benefits – including reducing your risk of cancer and heart disease. If you want to roll the dice with those things, be my guest. But me and my knees will be pounding the pavement while you are coming up with other lame excuses not to work out.


5. “So are you running a marathon?”

No, I am not training for a marathon and no, I don’t have any aspirations to do so. Thanks for implying that running 21.1K/13.1 miles in the half-marathon isn’t quite good enough. When is the last time you ran for more than 2 hours? Yep, thought so.


6. “Wow, you seem to run a lot. Don’t you think that’s a bit excessive?”

No, actually I don’t think that running regularly is obsessive – it’s called a healthy, active lifestyle. Try it sometime.


7. “You run all the time so you can eat whatever you want!”

Running regularly means I can partake in the occasional treat, but it doesn’t give me license to eat crap every day. Besides, I don’t like the way I feel when I eat that way. So I don’t need “the look” or the snide comments about my “diet” if I pass on the chocolate cake or French fries. You try running with those stuck to your ass and see how much fun it is.


8. “You ran in that weather?” (said with incredulous, judgemental look)

Running in the snow or sleet or rain does not make me crazy…just dedicated. If I waited for the perfect running conditions, I might run 5 days per year.


9. “There’s no way I could run that far.”

Well, it’s not easy for me either. Not any part of it. I couldn’t run this far the first time I laced up; it takes training. I don’t do it because it is easy, I do it because it is challenging. And even when I hate it, I still love it.


10. “You run for fun? That’s weird.”

You don’t need to understand why I run. I don’t need to understand why you don’t. But if you don’t have anything nice to say, you know how the saying goes…go for a run!

Check out the full post on Wordpress.


What's on your list of annoying stuff non-runners say?


Mine is when people mistake cross country for track & field... especially since my school only has cross country.

"Oh he's on the track team up at college!".... "No mom, I run cross country  <_<".

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#2130 What was your workout today?

Posted by Brianna on 02 April 2013 - 08:49 PM

First run post injury-- a whopping one mile!!!!!!!

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#10615 Member Interview: Skip Cooper

Posted by Jbones on 08 April 2014 - 07:57 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen,

You ask for Member Interviews back, TRF staff answered with a roaring YES! Then they gave us the chance to vote for who would be the subject of the interview. So I proudly give you TRF Member Interview: Skip Cooper.


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Okay, I'm ready...

Haha ok, I'm not a journalist so bare with me..


Ok Skip, figure I'll just start with a few questions and see where it goes..

You were voted by fellow TRF members to be interviewed, thoughts/feelings on that?

 First off, I thought the interview idea was awesome and I was flattered to be included in the mix, but didn't think I had a chance.  As for actually "winning" the vote, I am humbled by it. I hope TRF continues to do the interviews. I want to know more about our members.


Whats your favorite thing about running?

It's minimalist in nature. All I need is a pair of shoes and an open road. I think too many people have bought into the idea that they need a gym membership to be fit and healthy. A kettlebell and a few dumbbells is all you really need to supplement your running and body weight training.


Favorite food?

I'm big on chicken and pork. I like beef, but I've found that it takes longer to digest and it effects my run efforts. I don't eat beef the day before or day of a scheduled run. Favorite food dishes include pho bun, baked ziti, Hungarian goulash.


Favorite drink?

 Water, coffee, chai with the rare occasion of a Pepsi or Orange Crush. With a family history of high blood pressure and diabetes, I don't drink sports drinks because of the sugar and sodium content. I try to get my electrolytes from fruit, veggies, and V8 style of veg/fruit juices.


Why did you start running?

 Mainly for weight loss and to prevent diabetes and other weight related diseases that most of my family suffers from. Also, to inspire those around me, both family and friends, who have "found" themselves overweight and on the fad dieting roller coaster.


What do you do for a living/ how if at all does it effect your running?

 I work in critical facilities management for Bank of America. We oversee the maintenance and repair of their critical facilities cooling and power generation. The nature of the job requires me to be available for after hour call-outs and weekend work to cover maintenance or repair projects. In the past, my work schedule has conflicted with my training schedule. 


What are your short term goals?

 Fitness goals: 10 min mile, 40 min 5K, lose 30 more pounds (I measure short term in 12 months). For life in general: Continue to find ways to inspire people to do what seems impossible (and figure out how to make a living at doing it), to be a better husband and father, to be the example for my children, to find more time to be outdoors (camping, hiking, etc.), and to live life to the fullest.


If you only had one song you could listen to for a week straight, what would it be?

 Hmmm...it would be a toss up for Tool's "Lateralus" and Soundgarden's "Outshined"


 Finish this sentence:
When I'm half way through my run I am _________________.  

the furthest distance away from home so I can't decide to cut the run short. 


If you could remake any movie with you playing the main character, what would it be and why? 

Fight Club, because Helena Bonham Carter. 


Skip, thank you for your time, and opening up your world to TRF.
Also on behalf on TRF I want to wish you the best of luck on your goals, and journey.

No, problem! Thank you for the nomination and for your time spent on the interview.


There you have it TRF, inside the world and mind of our very own Skip Cooper. I think you'll all agree with me when I say: There is no way not to like and respect Skip even more after reading this. Thank you, and hope you enjoyed!

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#5885 Annoying Stuff Non-Runners Say / Stuff Runners Say

Posted by katfishkoopa on 25 July 2013 - 07:53 PM

why do you watch what you eat, you run all the time/ you're already skinny 


you run too much


i get made fun of for my 13.1 sticker on my car.  my best friend likes to comment on my workouts "0.0"


my absolute favorite is when my mom says, "you're running today?  didn't you run yesterday?"  (then again, my mom thinks i "toss rocks" all day at work because i have a geology degree.  not even close, don't even work in geology haha)


we should start a thread called annoying things your mom says about running.  i would have a list miles long.

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#3411 Race Results

Posted by Gavin on 05 May 2013 - 02:40 PM

1:17:59 in my half :)
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#907 What's your story?

Posted by rubyleigh on 15 February 2013 - 11:12 PM

I dreaded gym and avoided most school sanctioned athletics in highschool; only participating on the Cheerleading team.. which some people think is a sport, some don't.  I won't invite any controversy here though.  It wasn't until I was 25, dealing with some difficult life circumstances and wishing I was a little less squishy... that I decided to give running a go.   I signed up for my first 5K with no more knowledge than.. well why couldn't I try this?  However despite that mis-guided beginning, the running stuck.  Later that year I ran a 10 miler and now (2.5 years later) I've complete two marathons.  I'm faster than I started, but still slow... but my calves are no longer squishy.  I've met a bunch of great people too, and had a lot of fun as well.  

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#5882 Annoying Stuff Non-Runners Say / Stuff Runners Say

Posted by Skip on 25 July 2013 - 06:40 PM

4. “I don’t run because it is so bad for the knees.”

My reply, "Yeah, so are jelly donuts, but they don't have the benefit of the 'slimming effect'".
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#4119 5k today

Posted by crisp on 01 June 2013 - 05:51 AM

Did a local race this morning. Was trying to break my PR of 23:36. Crushed it at 22:04! So excited! Gonna celebrate with a weekend of hockey and beer lol
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#9970 The more i run, the more i realize

Posted by Skip on 19 March 2014 - 03:47 PM

We're all natural runners...some just don't know it yet. ;)

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#6988 Race Results

Posted by KyleKranz on 04 September 2013 - 03:10 PM

I won a 6.2k long 5k last weekend while visiting family! The race was benefiting the local homeless shelter, so that was really great. But they had no idea how to put on an event (or apparently how to map out 5 kilometers either). About 100 people ran it and it was really fun though :)

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#6431 Friendly Computer Tips From Your Admin

Posted by Ryan on 12 August 2013 - 05:37 AM

Hey Everyone,


I just wanted to give you all a few friendly tips about how to stay safe on the internet, and make browsing a better experience.


  • Please, please, PLEASE don't use Internet Explorer! Download a quality web browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • The best FREE AntiVirus scanner is Malware-Bytes AntiMalware (MBAM). You can download it here.
  • Email services like AOL and Hotmail are notoriously easy to break into. I personally use GMail and have never had an issue with it.
  • Many websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google have advanced security measures to protect your accounts, take advantage of these!
  • iPhone users: Many social networking apps (namely Twitter & Facebook) will post your exact location when you have location services on. Be sure to disable this.
  • Using the same password for every website is a huge mistake. Databases for major websites are compromised by hackers all the time. Big companies like Twitter, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Apple have had account information stolen for millions of clients. It only takes one breach for someone to have access to your entire web identity.
  • Want to listen to free music? Use Spotify. Want to find new music based on your tastes? Use Pandora.
  • Need to upload pictures quickly with no strings attached? Imgur. Need to upload videos? YouTube or Vimeo. Need to securely & anonymously upload any type of files? MEGA.
  • Windows, Mac, or Linux. They all are susceptible to viruses, malware, exploits, etc. Browse wisely, and always protect your system.
  • Whenever you are entering sensitive/personal information online, make sure you are using a secure connection. If your URL starts with https:// this means you are using the secure transfer protocol.
  • When possible, don't put in any sensitive information when using a public wifi network. It is easier than you might expect to intercept what you're sending across the internet.
  • Likewise, always password protect your home wifi network or you are just as susceptible.


I think I'll update this every week with new tips.




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#6072 Regarding Advertisements

Posted by Ryan on 01 August 2013 - 04:07 AM

Hey All,


I just wanted to send out a quick message regarding the new advertisements at the top and bottom of our community. Instead of giving you guys a long-winded explanation of what's going on, here are all the facts you need to know.

  • We are placing two unobtrusive* advertisements on The Running Forum. (* No popups, no sound, nothing flashy, etc). The ads will be at the top and bottom of the page.
  • Every cent earned from selling ads will be reinvested right back into The Running Forum, and won't go anywhere else. We promise!
  • Ads will mostly be relevant to our members, so you'll most likely see things like ads for weight loss plans, road races, exercise equipment, etc.
  • The first thing we will be spending money on is a brand new, dedicated server just for The Running Forum. Our pages will load easily 3x faster, and we can provide everyone with a better experience.
  • In the future, we'll use this money for cool new things like free t-shirts, MOTM prizes, Running Warehouse gift certificates, etc.

If you have any questions/comments/concerns or anything, feel free to reply to this thread or shoot one of the staff members a private message!


Run on,


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#5887 Annoying Stuff Non-Runners Say / Stuff Runners Say

Posted by Steve on 25 July 2013 - 08:38 PM

Love this!

But for every person I get weird comments from, there are probably at least 5 or 6 more who, seeing the physical change running has had on me over the last 7 months, say to me, "How much weight have you lost? You did all that from running? Hmm... I should start running."

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#4998 June's Member of the Month Winner!

Posted by katfishkoopa on 01 July 2013 - 07:37 PM

YAAAAAY thanks!!!  this is fun  :D

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#4994 June's Member of the Month Winner!

Posted by thecyclops on 01 July 2013 - 06:35 PM

All right!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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#3958 Just signed up for my 1st 5K

Posted by Jbones on 26 May 2013 - 12:11 AM

Well ladies and gents I just signed up for my first 5K.. It will be on 15June, so with just coming off of "not training" for 2 weeks. And only having 3 weeks before race day this should be a challenge/interesting/non the less fun.. I will be shooting for about 27 minutes and of course faster than that would be welcome :)

Any training advice is welcome- I'll be running 4-4.5 Mile runs for atleast a week in a half or so and more than likely some speed work the final week..

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#3821 Little story

Posted by crisp on 18 May 2013 - 09:44 PM

So I take the kids and dog for a walk today. Son is 2 daughter is almost 4. They're in a stroller as they tire easily. My daughter then says she wants to get out. I take her out and she says "I have to run" and takes off. I ask where you going. She replies "Ummm...I need to get some exercise"

Made me laugh so I thought I'd share. I guess it's easy to tell she lives with some runners lol
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#3494 New Feature: Betting System!

Posted by thecyclops on 06 May 2013 - 10:44 PM

Hey Cyclops can I borrow 50trf :)
Congrats sir!
This should be interesting!

I got you man!!!!


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#2071 Race Results

Posted by Andrew Keresztes on 31 March 2013 - 04:31 PM

4:01 1500m yesterday, much better than last weekend!

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#1116 What's your story?

Posted by ColbysFan on 20 February 2013 - 12:10 AM

I am 47 and was never much of an athlete, except for a life long passion for horses and riding.

Took up running about three months ago, and quickly realized I loved it. I do some weights and other exercise and just got a stationary bike.

One of the reasons I took to running was a need for a distraction to some recent personal disappointments, and a desire to refocus myself on more positive things.


The running has worked wonders for me both mentally and physically. I am finding it a bit tough on my ankles, but I don't intend to give it up.

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