10 Things Runners Say To Other Runners, But Would Never Say To Their “Normal” Friends

runners talkingThe way runners talk to other runners is far different than the way we talk to our non-running friends.  Let’s be truthful here.  This inspired me to share the 10 things runners say to other runners, but would never say to their “normal” friends.

1.  “I had GI issues. “- I have heard people say this after a race, in Facebook groups and buses back to hotels a billion times.  I however have never heard someone shopping with a friend say they had GI issues.  Unless it is baby poop discussion I don’t think friends normally discuss their explosive poop problems.runners 10 things

2.  “I lost another toenail.”- Only runners understand that losing toenails is just part of the game.  If you tell a “normal” friend that you lost another toenail they would probably think you either have foot fungus or you are being tortured.

3.  “Do you tape your nipples?”- Ok gentlemen, since we are being honest, at some point in your marathon training you either asked this or googled it.  Whether it be tape or bandaids we all don’t want to be (or see and feel bad for) that guy at mile 24 with a bloody shirt.  I bet that no one had ever asked a “normal” friend if they tape their nipples.  (hopefully) Funny, Humorous, and Embarrassing Things Runners Say to Other Runners, but would never say to someone who isn't a runner. |marathon training | runner humor | funny runners| runner jokes | motivation for a marathon |runner motivation

4.  “I have a secret crush on Bart Yasso.”- Yes it is true and when it is said to a group of runners even some of the males admit to having a secret crush on Bart Yasso because he is a badass.  If I were to say I had a secret crush on Bart Yasso to some of my “normal” friends they would A. not know who he is and then B. be even more confused when I explain who he is.


5.  “What do you wear under your running pants?”-  Normal people would think this is a really gross bar pickup line.  Runners would volunteer what they ACTUALLY wear under their running pants, i.e. brand of undies or commando and this is totally normal for runners.

6.  “Look at the size of this blister on my foot!”- I have seen this along with a picture from runners on Instagram, Twitter and countless Facebook groups.  While still gross it happens a lot and I bet those people are not showing the same picture to their “normal” friends in their DIY groups.

7.  “I need a PR so I can get a better corral placement.”- Runners language is like a foreign language to “normal” people.  You would need to translate and say ” I need to run the fastest I ever ran today so that I can get a better starting time with faster people at that runDisney race in January…even though it doesn’t really matter because I will stop for 10 pictures with every Disney character and I wear a timing chip, so pretty much the better corral placement makes me look cooler to the cool kids” πŸ˜‰  BUT all runners understand that a better corral placement could ALSO mean “more time” or not having to dodge walkers as much.

8.  “How are the lines at the port-a-potties?”- Runner to runner this means that you are trying to decide if you have time to pee before the race starts.  Rarely am I ever at a location with an overwhelming amount of port-a-potties (yet all still manage to have long lines) with “normal” friends, so I don’t think this is uttered much outside the running circle of friends. Runner Problems. |runner humor| runner jokes| runner sayings | funny runners | motivation| marathon training | beginning running | running for beginners | marathon humor

9.  “I’m so chafed.”- Runners understand runners and would recommend their favorite anti-chafing product.  I have even had perfect runner strangers after finishing a race show me their arm or thigh chafing, followed by “but at least I PR’ed” and I congratulated them and this seemed totally ok.  BUT I definitely don’t discuss chafing problems with “normal” friends.


10.  “Can I borrow some vaseline?”- This question isn’t quite the same as borrowing a cup of sugar to a “normal” person.  If you asked a “normal” friend this question they might think of FAR different reasons why you want vaseline than a runner would (who would know you want it to prevent chafing.)

That my friends is why runners are a community in itself.  We come in all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and walks of life.  We accept each other’s bloody shirts and GI issues and will offer help if you are having trouble reaching the finish line.  I’m happy to be a runner. 

Here are some other posts you might like:

8 Things NOT To Say To Someone Training For A Marathon

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  1. YogiCrystal | 2nd Jun 14

    Love this! #1 is soooo true, I wouldn’t dare mention my race GI issues to my friends! πŸ˜€

    • Half Crazy Mama | 3rd Jun 14

      Lol! Truth.

  2. beautea97 | 3rd Jun 14

    LOL!!! All VERY true statements… Another reason that I love my running community, we ‘get’ each other πŸ™‚ Thanks for a light hearted post! Loved it…

    • Half Crazy Mama | 3rd Jun 14

      Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Half Crazy Mama | 3rd Jun 14

      Aww thank you Leslee πŸ™‚

  3. Sun | 3rd Jun 14

    Love this post! I did happy hour with a few runner friends last week and we discussed several of the items on your list, all within a few hours. Definitely stuff that can only be discussed among runners πŸ™‚

    • Half Crazy Mama | 3rd Jun 14

      Lol. Glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

    • Meatless Marathoner | 15th Apr 15

      It took a few hours to cover them all? I usually get through all 10 in a half hour max. πŸ™‚

      • Half Crazy Mama | 15th Apr 15

        LOL! πŸ™‚

  4. Doni | 3rd Jun 14

    These are awesome. Another runner thing: We talk about food a LOT — but in such a different context. Carb loading, the good and the “bad” training or pre-long run foods. And injuries. I remember when my non-running husband overheard a conversation with my running buddy about how I’d pulled my groin muscle. He thought it was really weird.

    Aren’t we special? πŸ™‚

  5. Karen :0) | 8th Jun 14

    #7! Yes!! Love this list! πŸ˜€

    • Half Crazy Mama | 10th Jun 14

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

  6. Crystal | 20th Jun 14

    Love it! SOOOO funny!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 20th Jun 14

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  7. Rose | 14th Jul 14

    thank you!

  8. Beth @ Running with the Sunrise | 15th Aug 14

    Love this! Totally agree with everything on this list, especially the chafing. My brother-in-law warned me about between butt cheek chafing when I was training for my first marathon. Not something in-laws would generally talk about unless they’re both runners!

  9. Marcia | 22nd Aug 14

    Awesome list! We runners are a weird (AND FUN!) bunch, aren’t we?

    • Half Crazy Mama | 22nd Aug 14

      I love my weird and REALLY FUN running community πŸ™‚

  10. mommyrunsit | 11th Sep 14

    Awesome post!!! I laughed out loud. And I’ve probably said at least 8 of them. πŸ™‚

    • Half Crazy Mama | 12th Sep 14

      Lol! Glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  11. Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner | 25th Dec 14

    Haha!! This is hilarious…all of these are true! The other day I was at work and discussing these topics with my running friends. Other people overheard said outloud, “Man runners are weird!” Lol

  12. Meatless Marathoner | 15th Apr 15

    This is a phenomenal list. I shared it on my facebook page (warning: shameless FB page pimping ahead! https://www.facebook.com/TheMeatlessMarathoner)

    • Half Crazy Mama | 15th Apr 15

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

  13. Meatless Marathoner | 15th Apr 15

    Something else is that we take actual pride in injuries. At the end of one particularly hard, long run I took a picture of my bloody sock and posted it on facebook. πŸ™‚

    You know you’re a runner when you get injured and the first thing you think of is “this had better not mess up my training” and THEN it occurs to you that you did damage to yourself and are bleeding. πŸ™‚

  14. Valerie Silensky | 21st Apr 15

    These are awesome. I will note that on #1 (which is about #2 – sorry couldn’t resist!), there is one population that would totally be all over this and that’s Peace Corps Volunteers. If you’ve ever served in the Peace Corps then you are just as shameless about discussing poop or anything remotely close to bodily emissions.

    • Half Crazy Mama | 21st Apr 15

      LOL! My aunt was in the peace corps and then went on to live in Africa for 30 years helping University students and other Peace Corps volunteers and I have heard some stories…:)

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