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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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Game of Strokes

We though Natalie Dormer was the star athlete of the Game of Thrones cast, but Nathalie Emmanuel, who portrays Missandei, now promotes Speedo. Here she explains how swimming improved her running.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - March 31, 2017 at 11:42

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Warped, But Funny

High school runner Joran Fuller went viral when he ran 5.5 miles in order to spell out his prom proposal to high school runner Claire Short.

That was adorable, but The Daily Dot won my heart with this question:

She said yes, but how great would it have been if she had run around her neighborhood until she spelled out “I think we should just be friends”?

I’m not a bad person, but that would have been awesome.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - March 17, 2017 at 11:42

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