The ultimate runner sins

Hello, hello. 

This post is sponsored by coffee.  Lot’s and lot’s of coffee.  I woke up to a broken blog so if you’re seeing this, it has been revived!  I know you would all be sad if SCB wasn’t here to entertain you, no?

Anyway let’s get to the fun stuff shall we.

I have a confession to make.  Yesterday I committed one of the ultimate runner sins. 


It all started out sweet & innocent, I went for a 4 mile run then proceeded to lay out in the sun and rehydrate with Bam.

I finally peeled myself up to make lunch, clean the kitchen, make fun of Mike you know the usual.  But then I ran errands in my beloved Mizunos for several hours. 


Maybe I was secretly trying to kill them since they are near the end of their life anyway, but they don’t deserve this kind of treatment after all they’ve done for me. 

Whew, that was a lot to take in this early in the day.

Then I started thinking about other runner sins we, as runners commit.  Here’s a few I came up with.

Playing the how long can I stay in gross, sweaty workout clothes.


Old pic and don’t ask…I have no idea what I’m doing here.

Using the “J” word

You know, jogger.  There are walkers and runners, no joggers. Running is a state of mind.  I don’t care if you’re running a 14 minute mile or a 5 minute mile you are a runner dang it.  Plus runners don’t typically find dead bodies, joggers do.

The comparison trap

I’m not just talking about comparing yourself with others, though that’s definitely worth a mention.  I’m also talking about comparing your current fitness level to what it used to be.  There are a lot of factors that can slow you down a bit.  Injures, life, work, lack of motivation, this list goes on & on.  Sometimes I finish a hard run for my current fitness level and wonder how in the heck I maintained a 7:45 pace for a 5K.  (<-my current PR)  Let’s be real, that was years ago and a lot has happened since then.  So I’m pretty dang proud of myself for just being able to run again.  Even at a 9:05 minute pace per mile.

Suck it

When in doubt, go for a run.  It’s just like coffee, it fixes everything.

Now it’s your turn to confess and/or add your runner sins!


17 Comments on “The ultimate runner sins

  1. I felt bad for you this morning when I saw the broken blog, glad you got it back up and running.

    I HATE the J word!!!

    Another running sin…not returning another runner’s friendly wave. Irks me to no end.

  2. Glad your blog is back up and running (pun intended). I am guilty of all these as well. Do NOT call me a jogger or me and my stinky workout clothed self will karate kick you! Maybe not that aggressive but you get my point. I’m also guilty of telling anyone who will listen that I’m a runner.

  3. I’m guilty of staying in my sweaty nasty clothes too long – especially in the summer when I’m planning to get some sun – don’t want to shower just to shower again!!
    And, I usually correct people when they follow up a comment about me running with – “oh, you’re a jogger?” NO!!!

  4. yep, stay in my sweaty clothe far longer than socially appropriate. ah well.

    not exactly a running sin, but a cycling sin. not calling out “on your—” when going to pass unsuspecting walkers/runners or other cyclists. heck, I do it when I run and come across walkers going 3 abreast (grrr).

  5. I hate it when other runners spit or litter. Those are running sins in my book.

    I like the new look! 🙂

    • I actually had one gross guy blow out a snot rocket right next to me during a half marathon. Ewwww, pull over dude! Major runner sin.

  6. I am having a lot of trouble comparing myself to myself this last week or so. Running has just totally sucked for me. I want to do it and I am doing it, but the runs themselves have been horrible. All I can think about is how I have never had this issue before. I so need this to pass so I can get back to enjoying my runs!

  7. Definitely commit the wearing running shoes to not run in. They just feel so good! I also commit the non stretching sin- I never want to take the time post run to stretch or pre run warm up. God I hope I don’t ever get hurt…

  8. My most irritating running sin… Those who do not share the road/sidewalk/track. Running 4 deep on a narrow sidewalk frustrates me to no end.

    • This is my most irritating as well! It not a runners sin but kind of the same when a group of walkers is walking on the path 4 deep and expect the runner to move around them! I’m dying here in this run the least you can do is move over a foot, 4 lady walkers standing side by side!!!

  9. I totally agree with you on the J word! I can’t stand when I hear people use it, even when they aren’t talking about me. And yes, running does fix everything as does a good cup of coffee!

  10. I hate when people say “jogging” it drives me NUTS!!!! Love the post !!
    Sometimes I stay in clothes i’m sooooo gross!!!!

  11. Thanks for posting this!! I am a big one for comparisons and after an injury it’s hard not to think about where you used to be. Perfect timing! Thank you.

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