16 words that have a completely different meaning for runners

1. MASSAGE

What it means to other people: A lovely, relaxing experience where you are gently rubbed with fragrant oils while listening to whale music.

What it means to runners: A grit-your-teeth-and-bear-it feat of endurance, involving a sports therapist sticking their elbow in your bum muscles while you try not to scream.

2. GEL

What it means to other people: A hair product used extensively by 14-year-old boys.

What it means to runners: A energy-boosting substance you squeeze into your mouth during long runs. May or may not give you the sh*ts, which is always a fun gamble.

3. SPLITS

What it means to other people: An impressive gymnastic feat, usually performed at the Olympics or at 2am at house parties.

What it means to runners: The time is takes you to run a certain distance – doesn’t prove quite so interesting as the gymnastic kind at social gatherings.

4. CAKE

cake for runners

What it means to other people: A special treat.

What it means to runners: An ESSENTIAL.

5. RECOVERY 

What it means to other people: The day after a heavy night on the town.

What it means to runners: The day after a heavy run.

6. ROLLER

What it means to other people: An little cylinder you put in your hair to produce Cheryl-worthy curls.

What it means to runners: An instrument of torture; made of foam you use this to ease out muscle tensions while gently screaming.

7. PB

What it means to other people: Peanut butter – for the true American. PB & J sandwich, anyone?

What it means to runners: Personal best. To you this figure  is very important and interesting, but all your friends and family are like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ when you start talking about it.

8. BIB

What it means to other people: What babies wear when they eat. Catches all the dribble.

What it means to runners: What runners wear when they participate in mass races. Again, good for catching dribble.

9, RICE

What it means to other people: Delicious carb that you eat with curry. YUM.

What it means to runners: The stages you follow when you’ve pulled a muscle: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Except you only remember to do this about three days after the injury has occurred…oops.

10. STREAK

What it means to other people: Running around naked. Highly entertaining.

What it means to runners: Running every day for a certain period of time. Much less entertaining .

11. HIT THE WALL

What it means to other people: A physical act we all try and avoid while parking the car.

What it means to runners: An experience that occurs during a marathon. Specifically the bit where you suddenly start promising yourself you’ll never do this again because you’re so exhausted you can hardly breathe/blink.

12. WATER

What it means to other people: What you drink when you’re thirsty.

What it means to runners: Something you spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about before you do a long run. Will I be too thirsty? Can I carry that much water? Will I drink so much my brain explodes? Will I need the toilet halfway round and ruin my time? Etc etc etc.

13. CHIP TIME

What it means to other people: Only the best bloody evening of the week – time to hit the fish and chip shop! (Side note – I’ve noticed people in London don’t do this is as much, but where I grew up in South Wales Friday night was chip night).

What it means to runners: Your finishing time in a race, recorded by a tiny ‘chip’ on your shoe or bib.

14. WAKING UP IN WINTER

What it means to other people: The hardest thing in the whole goddamn world.

What it means to runners: Even harder, because you know you have to go OUTSIDE and run around.

15. SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT

What it means to other people: Something you feel occasionally at work or at home when you make a really good lasagne.

What it means to runners: A feeling you experience EVERY TIME you run *high five*

16. RUN

What it means to other people: A horrible activity you only do when you’re absolutely forced to i.e. running for your bus.

What it means to you: An exhilarating activity you CHOOSE to do several times a week even though you have no bus to catch, much to the confusion of your non-running acquaintances.

 

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  1. 9th January 2017 / 7:23 pm

    I come from New Zealand and we have ‘chip time’ there too. Usually a Friday night. Fish and Chips (the NZ kind, not those you get in the UK which aren’t anywhere near as nice) are also my favourite pre-race meal.

    • Sophie Hines
      9th January 2017 / 7:25 pm

      I think I might have to re-introduce it into my life! Haha I can’t believe there is anything in the world better than UK chips, sad I didn’t try any when I was in NZ now.

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