Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To...(part 2)

Apparently, there are lots of funny things that can happen on our runs.  A discussion on LinkedIn's Marathon and Team In Training groups elicited many responses to the question:  Has anything funny happened to you on a run?  Here are a few of my favorite ones:

Have you ever received a call from your dog while on a run?  John has, but it wasn't his dog.  It was his running partner's dog.  Maybe the dog was mad that his owner took John out for a run rather than him!  Read on...

We all love scenic runs!  Imagine running along a trail with beautiful ponds, a canopy of trees, roaming deer, and...a hissing goose from hell?  Well, that's what Tom ran into one beautiful but interesting morning.  Read on...

You know us runners have no shame when it comes to peeing.  An early start time on a chilly morning and nerves can draw a crowd to the porta-potty.  When nature is screaming at you, we have to look elsewhere than stand in the long line. So, we make do with what we have...bushes, trees, back alleys, and of course, the metal guard rail.  What?  You've never did your business behind a guard rail before?  Okay, neither have I nor Steve.  Read on...

When I run, I sometimes give other runners nicknames when referring to them in a conversation with a fellow runner.  The conversation goes something like this:  "Did you see Pinky?  She seems to have hired a cheering crowd for every 2 miles," or "Headband guy looks like he's about to hit the wall."  Well, in this story, find out how Trash Bag Man managed to refuel his energy.  Read on...

At races, bystanders are great at offering motivation with their colorful banners, cheers, and high-fives.  When it comes to high-5ing, there's something about the slapping of hands and the sting that follows that keeps us going.  So, when runners see a hand stick out of the crowd, they take advantage of that opportunity. Mark took advantage of that opportunity, but I'm not sure I'd like to receive a high-five from him.  Read on...

If you've ever had the unfortunate event of injuring yourself during a run leaving you at the back of the pack in a race, you'll know what it's like to be escorted by a police car.  It can sometimes feel humiliating.  But if you're running a 150-mile relay, being escorted by a police car can make you feel pretty special.  But imagine getting police escort all to yourself in the middle of a residential area where people don't know that what they are seeing is an actual race taking place.  Read on...


  1. Too funny! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one nicknaming my fellow racers. In the 2008 San Francisco Marathon, I spent the entire race mentally referring to my newfound pacebuddies as the Green Goblin and the Man in the Yellow Hat.
    Love your site running girl - we are definitely on the same page or should I say same path, when it comes to running and writing. And how funny that we are Bay Area neighbors!
    I will definitely add a link to running-girl on RunMamas!

  2. Really funny, I loved your way of writing, especially that escort one and that "The Dog Call" too... waiting for next article ...
    And yes, background song is great ... one of my favorite...

  3. Thanks for the article. It is good to know these kind of matters that can affect our health.

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  4. This is such a beautiful post, and Congratulations, your work in photography and writing is stunning and very inspiring.



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