For some reason, running has a really bad reputation.
At the mere mention of having recently run a half marathon, I was met with a remarkably painful expression—complete with an accompanying groan—from a non-runner. And, on some level, I get it. Some folks don't like running. But it sure seems like the word, itself, has a terrible reputation, regardless of context.
"Run" isn't a four letter word—but it might as well be. The "R" word is associated with all sorts of commonly used negative phrases.
Running Late1 of 12
"I'm running late!"
Whether we're headed to work, a lunch date or the doctor's office, running late is stressful. But why are we "running" late? Tardiness is a bad habit. Running? Quite the opposite.
Running Out of Money2 of 12
So you're bad at budgeting. Don't blame running! Maybe walking out of money would be a good alternative measure for the 'ole checking account. Besides, runners have to be good at math since we're constantly tracking miles and pace—all while short on breath.
Run a Lap3 of 12
Ever have to run a lap as punishment? I remember the whole class groaning when Mr. Diaz would tell us to run a lap at the beginning of gym class. The act of running is something other athletes do begrudgingly in order to build up their cardiovascular fitness. Nevermind the very obvious benefit to those playing sports like soccer or basketball.
Running Out of Time4 of 12
Time is another precious commodity we have on limited supply. When you're watching the clock on a deadline or arrive at the store minutes before closing time, you can almost hear the seconds counting down. Of course, running down the produce aisle can only improve your odds of getting to the register in time.
Running Out of Patience5 of 12
"I'm running out of patience with you," said every mom ever at some point.
This means you're about to be in big trouble—and the patience she's low on can't be replaced for a while. So while mom's running out of patience, the offending kiddo will be skating on thin ice. If only mom could go for a little run around the block to clear her head and enjoy some fresh air. Her patience tank would refill in no time.
Run Away6 of 12
When you have too many problems and just can't deal, you might be tempted to run away from it all. But shouldn't running get a little appreciation for enabling you to get outta town fast?
Running on Empty7 of 12
Whether it's your car or your energy level, if you're running on empty, a very abrupt stop is imminent. When you have nothing left, it's time to refuel—and who knows more about fueling than a runner?
Hit and Run8 of 12
This is a crime! The only thing we're guilty of is getting a runner's high. Besides, a hit and run involves a vehicle, not a pair of running shoes. The "R" word deserves to be in better company.
You Can Run But You Can't Hide9 of 12
The implication with this phrase is that, despite your run, someone is going to find you. But, to be clear, if you're a runner and they're not, you'll lose 'em in the first mile. No need to hide! Instead, just finish up your tempo workout.
Stop Running Your Mouth10 of 12
Runners are a typically quiet bunch, what with our need to regulate our breathing and whatnot. Why, then, associate us with someone who can't seem to keep their mouth shut? If our mouths are running its only because the jaw bone is ultimately connected to the leg bone.
Gotta Run!11 of 12
Check that. I don't gotta run. I want to run. See ya!