21 Things Non-Runners Say To Runners

I love my friends with all my heart and while they're very supportive of my crazy running ways,   they don’t get it. They don't love that I disappear when I’m training for a marathon and they have grown to hate my all time favorite excuse of, “I can’t I have to run in the morning.” I don't blame them! I turn into a total runhole sometimes but the things they say to me crack me up. Here are 21 things my non-running friends say that prove that they just don't get it.

 “How many races have you won?”

“Do you run fast?”

“Runners are crazy.”

“Running is bad for your knees, you should be careful.”

21 Things Non-Runners Say to Runners

“You waste so much money on running races for fun. I bet you'd save a lot of money if you just ran in the park.”

“You spent how much money to run a marathon!? You can’t pay me that much money to run around the block.”

“I wanted to get into running but then I realized I hated running.”

“I know someone who’s run like, 20 marathons are they are really fast.”

"I know someone else who's running the marathon too! They've done, like 20 marathons and they don't run half as much as you."

“What do you think about when you run that long?”

“You ran how far this morning?! I just got up.”

“Aren't you worrying about your nipples bleeding?”

"I have a friend who ran as much as you do and she really messed up her body."

“I wanted to come cheer for you but I forgot to wake up...And it's cold.”

“Where have you been I feel like I never see you anymore?”

“I don’t get why you run.”

“You’re eating a lot. I’m worried about you.”

"You're running a lot. I'm worried about you."

“You ran in this weather!?”

"Is running really that much fun?"

and my personal favorite

"Are you doing drugs or has all the running gone to your head?"

I love meeting other runners because they get it. They understand why you spend your free money on entry fees to races or gear instead of relaxing vacations, beautiful shoes, concerts, or sporting events. We can talk all day about training and the struggle that is running. We all know the joy and pain that comes with running for hours on end. We know that inexplicable feeling of crossing a finish line of a distance we never thought we could. But most importantly, I love my runners because they are always down for post long run brunch in sweaty and gross clothes. You never have to ask, “Would you help me eat an order of pancakes, steak and eggs, and potatoes?” Or “do you want a beer?” The answer is always yes and we are also getting waffles because CAN WE LIVE!?!? But running an ungodly long distance means you get to enjoy a delicious meal, guilt free. And that is a feeling only runners understand.

We all run at different paces, different distances, and for different reasons but at the end of the day, we all share the same love for going forward and pushing our limits. Thank you to all my runners for just getting it. Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.    


Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.