Category Archives: Humour

10 Humorous Running Quotes

Worship me like the running goddess I am – Seen on the back of a runner’s T-shirt

 How is a race like an outdoor wedding? In the weeks leading up to both of them, you pray the weather will be good – and you won’t be having your period. – Sarah Bowen Shea (from Run Like a Mother)

A good run is like a cup of coffee…I’m much nicer after I’ve had one.

It’s the road signs, ‘Beware of lions.’
-Kip Lagat, Kenyan distance runner, on why his country produces so many great runner

Funny Running Stories

RunningRainAs a change from our usual Feature Article format, we’ve included a short collection of funny running stories that have either been submitted by newsletter readers or Bennett has experienced himself.

Coyotes Don’t Mess With Me by Diane Gratrix

Why an Extra Rinse Cycle is a Good Idea

Gear Malfunctions by Sandie Orlando

Have Nurse Will Travel by Teresa Daoust

Different Kinds of Runners at a Race Expo

by Sandie Orlando

Usually my perspective of runners is from in the midst of them – either in a run or watching a race. Recently I spent a day working in the IAWR booth at the Yonge Street 10K Race Expo – an interesting opportunity to watch runners – when they’re not running.

Some observations:

  1. Running people find it strangely surprising and exhilarating to see each other in real clothes with their hair down and make up on.  Even after years of knowing each other, they will comment on how different they look with ‘clothes on’.
  2. New runners (racers) are usually giddy – either from excitement or fear. It comes across the same way, and can end up with the same results on race day.

Have Nurse, Will Travel

by Teresa Daoust

I’m sure most runners are aware of how travelling, changes in what you eat and drink and being out of normal routine has an effect on your bowels.  On one particular occasion, this made travelling in numbers a tad uncomfortable even though the 11 of us, who had rented a van and were making the long trek from northern Ontario to the 2007 Chicago Marathon, were all very good friends – more like family.

Coyotes Don’t Mess With Me

by Diane Gratrix

Last fall, I was training for my first half-marathon (Scotiabank 2010).  I had gotten up early one Saturday morning for my long run.  The weather was perfect for running; the air was still a bit crisp, the sun was out but still low.  I live in the country and I really enjoy the quiet solitude (did I mention I am the mom of 3 children, who were all under the age of 7?).  This was running bliss.

Gear Malfunctions; You Can Laugh…Later!

By Sandie Orlando

Winner of the Funniest Running Story contest and the Women’s Garmin Forerunner 110

Running gear malfunctions are fortunately not life threatening, so they usually fall into the category of embarrassing or frustrating – both of which you can laugh about later.

My first experience was many years ago as a newbie runner, just discovering the exhilarating world of ‘technical fabrics’. For inspiration I had purchased a beautiful light blue pair of running shorts and a tank top – both in lovely, soft- but early versions of technical fabric. The notion of wicking away sweat may have been the intention, but it didn’t work out that way. Upon returning to the gym from my July morning run, I spent some time doing my stretch routine before heading into the weight room for some strength work. I noticed a few people smiling as they passed by, but I took that to mean they were happy to see me. Boy, were they!!

Win a Garmin Forerunner 110 Contest Update

Members have been submitting their “Funniest Running Stories”.  The writer of the winning entry will win a Garmin Women’s Forerunner 110 GPS device (donated by Garmin) Forerunner 110.

This contest is open to IAWR Members.  Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 10th

If we were eligible to enter the contest, we would submit “Why an Extra Rinse Cycle is a Good Idea”.

Why an Extra Rinse Cycle is a Good Idea

When I run with others, I do them and myself a favour by wearing clean freshly washed running clothes. I recall one particularly hot, humid Sunday morning run with several of my runner friends. We started out under an overcast sky. Dark rain clouds soon formed overhead. At the 8K mark, it started to rain steadily. After running in the heat and humidity, the rain felt refreshing and we continued our run, chatting away.

Soon afterward, several of my friends started to point and laugh at me.

Bird Food Anyone?

This story is more weird than funny.  In 1984, while living in Calgary, I got up at the crack of dawn for an early morning run on some trails through a heavily wooded area south of the Glenmore Reservoir.  Running in the fresh, still, cool air was exhilarating.  I quickly found myself in a running groove, motoring along the gently rolling trails.

Suddenly, I heard what sounded like a bed sheet being shaken out.  I looked up to see a large owl flapping its wings in the tree above me.  Its wingspan seemed enormous, at least 5 feet in length.  The bird then stared at me.  But instead of turning its head 90 degrees to the left, it turned its head 270 degrees to the right.  The owl was clearly sizing me up as a potential breakfast! I stared back.  This was a standoff.

Why an Extra Rinse Cycle is a Good Idea

When I run with others, I do them and myself a favour by wearing clean freshly washed running clothes.  I recall one particularly hot, humid Sunday morning run with several of my runner friends.  We started out under an overcast sky.  Dark rain clouds soon formed overhead.  At the 8K mark, it started to rain steadily. After running in the heat and humidity, the rain felt refreshing and we continued our run, chatting away.

Soon afterward, several of my friends started to point and laugh at me.  “What’s going on?”  I asked.  They continued to point at me and soon everyone was laughing.

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