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This bloody running thing!

(40 Posts)
Greymar Sun 12-Apr-20 20:11:38

How on earth did we survive before the dawn of lycra and 200 quid shoes.. I am sick of the pavement pounders, huffing and puffing and sweating. Can't they do it at home?

phoenix Sun 12-Apr-20 20:20:15

Erm, probably not!

Thank heavens in our village the only person that actually seems to do proper running, in all the kit etc, is the vicar!

Oopsadaisy3 Sun 12-Apr-20 20:24:26

Why are you sick of them? They aren’t harming anybody, only their joints in later rather a runner than a cyclist that you can’t hear until they are right behind you.

merlotgran Sun 12-Apr-20 20:33:51

Hospices are going to be sorely in need of the donations they normally get from marathon runners. The London and Paris marathons have both been postponed until October so somehow runners have to keep up their training throughout Lockdown and the hotter summer months.

DD has ordered a treadmill but also gets up at 6am every morning to go running.

At least at that time of the morning she can't be accused of huffing and puffing and sweating near anyone.

Antonia Sun 12-Apr-20 20:39:58

If only I were fit enough to run. Jo Wicks for the elderly is about my limit these days.

janipat Sun 12-Apr-20 20:42:25

Oh dear, with a pandemic that's causing so many deaths worldwide, you're having a moan about runners. As merlotgran says many of them will be keeping up their training for the charity runs now postponed for many months.

MawB Sun 12-Apr-20 20:42:33

A healthy heart is one of the major factors in surviving CV so good on them. Why on earth should it irritate you - regardless of whether their trainers cost £200 or were £20 pumps from Shoezone?

Baggs Sun 12-Apr-20 20:45:19

Some people are pathologically grumpy, I guess, maw.

Chewbacca Sun 12-Apr-20 20:47:16

grin Phoenix; I have a mental image of a jogger running round and round his sofa!

EllanVannin Sun 12-Apr-20 20:48:50

I'm jealous---I'd do it if I could.

Helennonotion Sun 12-Apr-20 20:49:35

I just don't get this 'hatred' for runners all of a sudden. My husband is a very keen runner and has run lots of marathons and half-marathons, making £1000s for charity over the years. He has been out training quite early recently as to not inconvenience anyone else. I only jog a few miles at a time these days, but we are both in our 60s and have no medical conditions, nor are we on any medication. I can't be sure that this is attributed to our lifestyles, but surely this is a good thing? I suspect that a lot of serious runners are probably sick of the ambling couples hogging the entire pavement while out for their daily exercise. We have to live and let live!! Oh and my last trainers were from the charity shop actually!

Greymar Sun 12-Apr-20 20:54:52

I muse on the fact that at one time the only runners we saw were folk running for a bus. I remember my mother breaking into a little skip type of thing with her handbag on one arm and the other arm extended.

Now we are surrounded by lycra and all the accoutrments.

mary51 Sun 12-Apr-20 20:55:29

I've been wishing I was a runner lately.

phoenix Sun 12-Apr-20 21:00:23

Chewbacca anyone running round their sofa, if it was a small sofa, and the runner was going at any speed, would either get very dizzy or disappear up their own..............

The Vicar does seem to only run around the village, he may indeed run around his sofa in between times, but I know nothing about his indoor habits.

Marydoll Sun 12-Apr-20 21:01:28

We have always seen runners in our neighbourhood, especially in the early morning. It's usually the same old faces, we haven't really noticed any more than usual.

Surley it's a good thing that they are keeping fit and out of trouble, as long as they don't cough or a sweat over anyone!

Now if you want to talk about cyclists, I never seen so many, as I have recently.
Riding on the pavement, footpaths etc. in residential areas.😡

Greymar Sun 12-Apr-20 21:03:22

I like to think of the vicar, scantily clad running round his sofa.

Helennonotion Sun 12-Apr-20 21:05:47

Our local vicar did a nude run a while back! There was even a video on Facebook. The older parishioners were less than impressed. I hear he raised a lot of money for charity though! shock

grannylyn65 Sun 12-Apr-20 21:09:05


Greymar Sun 12-Apr-20 21:11:15

Do you have a link please?

Helennonotion Sun 12-Apr-20 21:19:06

Greymar!!! It was a few years ago and a very grainy video. The more you enlarged it the grainier it got. So I'm told anyway. (where is the angel with a halo emote?) wink

MerylStreep Sun 12-Apr-20 21:36:18

I'm assuming you've never done any serious running or exercises. If you had you would know how beneficial Lycra is for muscle support.
If you ever wore a roll on you would have been wearing Lycra.

Greymar Sun 12-Apr-20 21:37:45

Eek roll on? Like a panty girdle?

Enlarge? what is going on?

Helennonotion Sun 12-Apr-20 21:41:47

Greymar Perhaps a better phrase to use would've been zoomed in. Freudian slip maybe. grin

Greymar Sun 12-Apr-20 21:43:58

Gosh, I think zooming in is to be avoided.

ExD Sun 12-Apr-20 21:56:54

I worry sometimes when I watch the more mature gentlemen huff and puff along the lane outside my gate in case I'll find a corpse in the verge some day! There is suddenly an army of elderly and very unfit pensioners staggering along looking at death's door.
I'm seriously not sure they're being sensible. Why RUN if you're not used to it, what's wrong with a brisk walk?