Not Goodbye, But a New Location

You’ve probably noticed by now that my daily posting here diminished to a couple of times a week, then once a week, then hardly ever. I won’t make excuses, but it has been clear to me for some time that maintaining Running Is Funny as a web site brings diminishing returns.

My home on Twitter (https://twitter.com/RunningIsFunny), on the other hand, has a good group of followers, and the platform allows me to post funny running stories in a timely and efficient manner.

So on September 4 this web site will disappear, but Running Is Funny will continue on Twitter for as long as I can place fingers to keyboard. For those of you who aren’t on Twitter, thank you for reading this nonsense for the last 9 years. If you are on Twitter, I hope you follow @RunningIsFunny. I won’t flood your timeline, I promise.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - July 12, 2017 at 13:32

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An 85-Year-Old Woman Runs Faster Than Me (And Maybe You)

Meet Deirdre Larkin.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - July 4, 2017 at 08:14

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Super Pants

“A tethered soft exosuit reduces the metabolic cost of running by 5% in a Wyss study funded by the DARPA Warrior Web program.”

Also, tethering your shorts to a moving vehicle reduces the metabolic cost of running by 100%.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - June 21, 2017 at 10:35

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You Cannot Beat the Freeze, Bro

Frozen.

UPDATE: LetsRun.com already trying to unmask The Freeze.

2nd UPDATE: The Freeze dusts another bro despite stumbling at the start.

3rd UPDATE: The Freeze unmasked! Apparently it’s Nigel Talton, who was a pretty good collegiate runner and had a GoFundMe page in an effort to get to the Rio Olympics in 2016. Now he’s more famous than anyone who actually went.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - June 10, 2017 at 09:31

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Cool or Depressing?

Nike has built a 200-meter track – shaped like a shoe, of course – in Manila that is surrounded by LED lights and a wall upon which an avatar of your previous lap is projected. You can then race against yourself, or at least yourself’s last lap.

It might bring a momentary sense of accomplishment to beat your last lap, but since that becomes your new benchmark, you’re doomed to chasing yourself until you inevitably watch your past self leave you in the dust. For someone my age, that’s too gloomy a metaphor for my actual running history.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - May 25, 2017 at 10:23

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What It’s Like

This is what it’s like to run a marathon after 12 weeks of training

What It’s Like To Run An Ultramarathon, Minute By Agonizing Minute

Are the Nike Vapormax Worth the Hype? Here’s What It’s Like to Run in Them

What It’s Like to Write a Funny Running Blog

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - May 1, 2017 at 09:04

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Hash Run Panic Shuts Down Singapore Train Station

Dateline – Singapore:

A running club today admitted leaving a trail of flour in a Singapore metro station which prompted a security scare and a three-hour shutdown of the station.

In a statement the Seletar Hash House Harriers, an all-male group that describes itself as a “drinking group with a running problem”, apologised for the “alarm and inconvenience” caused to the public.

…One of the group’s members, a 69-year-old man, was arrested for causing public alarm while two others, aged 59 and 70, are helping police with investigations.

This is a common hazard of hashing, with people more on edge than ever. This is the first time I have ever heard of an arrest being made. These guys even had to issue a press release.

Judging by their ages, these are veteran hashers and I hope they are not punished.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - April 19, 2017 at 11:09

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