Tag Archives: Running Humour

Xbox Nike Sneaker Shoes

I just saw this Xbox inspired Nike sneaker shoes, I tried to force myself to like this shoes but I was unable!!

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The Xbox inspired shoes were designed by Sole Junkie a Carlifornia based artist who specializes in custom based sneakers. The price tag for this Xbox inspired Nike shoes = $2,500.

Running Quote : Old is Just a Number By Marathoner Paul Evans

Before the 1995 New York Marathon Marathoner Paul Evans from Britain was asked whether being 34 years old he was too old to win NYC marathon this is what he said,

“The registration on the car is quite old, but the engine doesn’t have many miles,”

I think that was a brilliant answer from a guy who left school at sixteen went to work as a cobbler then was laid off at 27. After his cobbler career died he was reborn as as professional athlete. Five years after he started running, in 1993, he finished seventh at NYC marathon in 2 hours 13 minutes 36 seconds. in 1994, he placed fifth in the London Marathon, lowering his personal best by five seconds to 2:10.31.

What Women Think About Thin Runners

From the readers question section of Runners world magazine I found this interesting question from a distressed man

“So my wife says, if I lose too much weight and end up looking like Hendrik Ramala (a skinny South African long distance runner) She will divorce me! But to be a better runner I need to work on my weight. So what?” Nigel S.

This question made me laugh, felt sorry for Mister Nigel. I don’t think the views of Mrs Nigel represent all women.

Here in Kenya, the runners are Razor thin and they are all (atleast most of them) happily married. If the women in their lives are unhappy about it they don’t admit it publicly, they put up a brave face, like a good African wife should.  They can’t complain as long as the men continue winning races and making lots of money from road running.

$125: Registration Fee For Chicago Marathon

So you want to register and run Chicago marathon, then you better be ready to pay a hefty $125.

Inflation has affected marathons, just like everything else in life.

For an answer on how the $125 is spent, Mark Remy of Runners world magazine had a funny fictional interview with Kenneth D. Lewis, Bank of America’s chairman, president and CEO, the sponsors of Chicago Marathon.

This part of the interview made me shed tears of laughter

Where does that $125 entry fee go, exactly?
Ah. Well… We offer beverages along the route, you know. Water and… uh… sporty concoctions and such. Scotch and soda as well, I believe. That adds up.

OK, aid stations. What else?
Those gaily colored placards. The ones pinned to one’s running uniform.

Bib numbers?
Precisely. Those don’t come cheap, either. And let’s not forget the safety pins. If you think each participant takes just four, you are badly mistaken.

So far this isn’t adding up to 125 bucks.
Of course it isn’t. Because we haven’t yet talked about the race shirts. They’re made by Armani. And by “made by Armani,” I mean that Mr. Giorgio Armani himself makes them. By hand. The man is 74 years old, so this takes time. And time is money.”

Have a funny day

Running Quotes By Haile Gebreselassie

Quotes on what pushed Gebreselassie to start running,

“He was not a runner, my father, but he was quick. I always remember it was very difficult to escape from him when he was angry. If he wanted to beat us he would always catch us. Even me, he could always catch me.” Haile Gebreselassie

I used to run to school, 10k every day. And this at altitude, perfect preparation, really.” Haile Gebreselassie

“In the rainy season, sometimes to get to the first lesson we had to run really quick, because we had to cross the river to school and we’d have to go up and down the bank to find a place to cross because there is no bridge.” Haile Gebreselassie

His father never believed in running

“My father thought sport was something fun – he didn’t know it was a way to make money. Then I won a Mercedes at the world championships and I gave it to him. From the moment it arrived my father said: ‘Good, you can support not just yourself but me too” Haile Gebreselassie

The most important things for Haile Gebreselassie

“I will always listen to my coaches. But first I listen to my body. If what they tell me suits my body, great. If my body doesn’t feel good with what they say, then always my body comes first” Haile Gebreselassie

“I’m lucky. The best possible place in the world for training is Addis Ababa, so I am home all the time except when I am racing. I like to be there, near my family, my kids, also the real estate business I run with my wife” Haile Gebreselassie

The future

“At the moment I am a little bit politician, yes. I think that could be my next step. It is not because I want power, it is because of what I think I could do for the people.” Haile Gebreselassie

His thought on his “crooked” hand

“This hand is not very active always, because it was in this hand that I carried my books. My carrying hand was always my strongest. Now I think my other hand has developed more muscles from signing all those autographs.” Haile Gebreselassie

Funny Marathon Photos

A marathon race is never complete without the fans. They encourage us to keep running or like my friend Dean says in his blog “They have a job to do. They must help their runner drag his or her sorry carcass across the finish line.”

They say it with their mouth better still with a hand made marathon poster. One of the most memorable poster I ever so was during my first marathon a dude wore a T-shirt with words “No money no honey” I think that was a clever way to motivate runners to go for the Jack pot!

Another funny marathon poster I have seen was a this one from a collection on deans blog!

To all Male Runners

To all Male Runners

And to all running sisters

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The Loneliness of Long Distance Runner

Alan Silitoe short story “The Loneliness of a Long Distance runner” features a juvenile delinquent sent to a youth prison for robbing a bakery; he turns to running as a relief from his difficult life. An excerpt:

“… running has always been made much of in our family, especially running away from the police. I’ve always been a good runner, quick and with a big stride as well, the only trouble being that no matter how fast I run, and I did a very fair lick even though I do say so myself, it didn’t stop me getting caught by the cops after that bakery job.”

Rod Blagojevich : Passionate Runner

When we are going through a rough time, running can be the best, most forgiving friend that we have.

From CBS, Embattled Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was out running in Chicago when he was being impeached by the Illinois House.

Why Blagojevich loves running

“It’s what I always do,” Blagojevich told a reporter. “It’s a consistent habit….does a lot of good things for you. Clears your head. Physical fitness. And it keeps love in your heart.”

The Governor is in the news every day and I think he is currently  running his biggest run  :  a run for his personal and political life.

From one runner to another runner ; Good luck Blagojevich.

Wealthy New Yorker Pays US $400 For a Birthday Run With a Kenyan Runner

From the New York Times “a Mr. Michael Chambers received for his 40th birthday: a world-class runner from Kenya for a day.”

Richard Kiplagat was paid US $400 to run with Chambers and have lunch with his family.

The Kenyan was hired as a birthday gift from his wife Tina and his parents.

How does it feel to run against the best distance runners in the world?

“It’s literally like running next to a cheetah,” Chambers told the times!!!!

French Athlete Fined For Biting a Policeman

From the BBC I found this funny runners story:

“French former athletics world champion Eunice Barber has been fined 5,000 euros (£4,271) for resisting arrest, insulting and biting a policeman.”

The Sierra Leone-born athlete won heptathlon and long jump world titles for France in 1999 and 2003.

Her Defence

In court she did not deny biting the cop, she even had a good reason why she did it. She said she had bitten the officer to “protect her body”, describing it as her “source of work”.