There’s a sub-section of Twitter that’s reserved for “unpopular opinions.” These opinions aren’t political or high-stakes, but they go against those held by the majority of people. Running is a topic that many non-runners like to weigh in on. Here’s a round up of Twitter’s most unpopular running opinions and the only thing runners will concede to on this list, is that they disagree with these statements.
Errands after a workout is a no-no
Running errands after you work out is actually nasty. You're in sweaty clothes for hours.
— 🌴 (@KayBeMIA_) January 20, 2020
Runners are practically professional sweaty-errand runners. Some runners literally run their errands, meaning they put a backpack on and run some easy miles while picking up or dropping off a few things they need.
Coffee is bad for you
You are not healthy if you need coffee every morning
— Unpopular Opinions (@whosopinions) January 18, 2020
Runners are notoriously (at least a little) addicted to coffee. We’re also people who take our health very seriously. So this tweet feels a little pointed.
INEOS 1:59 was a sham
This shouldn't count for anything, it's not an official marathon, unrealistic arrangements with pacemakers all the way for him, banked corners to help cut seconds off the time.
— Ryan Dovell (@rdovell10) October 12, 2019
One tweeter described the INEOS 1:59 as a “complete waste of time.” While we recognize that it was a highly controlled environment, and appropriately left off the world record lists, it was hardly a waste of time. Kipchoge was still the first person to run under two hours for the marathon, even if he did need 41 pacers.
Marathons are annoying
Unpopular opinion: the NYC marathon day is the single most annoying day of the entire year.
— Marybec Griffin (@MarybecGriffin) November 3, 2019
We couldn’t disagree more with this statement. The only scenario where we could agree is if, for some reason, you had to move on the day of the NYC marathon and you had to pass through the marathon course to get to your new location. That would truly be annoying.
Other than that one (very specific scenario), marathons rock.
All marathons should be run at the Kansas Speedway
Unpopular opinion: hold the KC Marathon and other races at the Kansas Speedway or a large park and make them run in circles. They can get their run in and no one else will be impacted and have to change their routines simply because people want to run.
— Daniel (@DanielToast) October 20, 2018
All marathons should be run in a circle and in Kansas. Obviously.
Remove all GPS watches and running shoes when not working out
Grown men, if you're doing anything other than working out or doing something outdoors, wear a pair of actual shoes, not running shoes or sneakers. Also, put on a wristwatch, not some electronic gizmo that does the same thing the phone in your pocket is doing.
— Irish Johnson (@ridin_philthy) May 5, 2019
Well, this is a little harsh (as these casual accoutrements are the easiest way to spot a runner when they’re not running). And we think, when done properly, they can add to an outfit. Athleisure is in, folks.
Dresses don’t go with running shoes
unpopular opinion: dresses & running shoes don’t go together
— liv (@aliviamorgannn) August 6, 2018
Listen, Liv, sometimes we have to run our errands after a workout, but we were told that wearing our running clothes to do that was “nasty,” so people throw on a dress instead, but you think even that isn’t alright? Man, it’s hard to please everyone.