Running is a Funny Thing

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Sometimes, I have to cajole, beg, and bribe myself just to motivate myself to put on my sneakers…


But I never regret a workout once it’s over.


5.0 mile training run, done.  That much closer to Half Marathon #4.


And for some laughs…  Check out these great Adidas ads with the tagline “Runners:  Yeah, We’re Different”:




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Holla for the snot rocket!


Wanna see more?  Here you go!  🙂 Thanks to Jess for passing this along.



  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 19, 2011, 4:00 pm

    I love the second one — how hilarious!!!

    I totally agree with you — when I skip a run or workout I get kind of upset with myself, but I never feel that way after a workout.

  • Kara February 19, 2011, 4:13 pm

    That first one is hilarious, that woman is giving him some serious stink eye!

  • Freya February 19, 2011, 4:15 pm

    LOL I love them!!

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns February 19, 2011, 4:18 pm

    YES!!! Love those ads!

    If it’s taking some extra effort get out the door for a run, I think, “I never regret going for a run, but I might regret not going…” It’s always true. No matter how crappy the run is.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) February 19, 2011, 4:22 pm

    I told myself that before I went to the gym today. Recently I’ve been feeling down because I can’t run due to an injury. Today marked the first week since July I logged absolutely NO running miles! The week before, I only logged 2! I was feeling upset and down that I was (once again) stuck to the spin bike. However, I told myself to go and I would not regret it! I ended up doing a kick butt interval workout on the spin bike! 😀

    • Caitlin February 19, 2011, 8:50 pm

      Aww I feel you. Be careful with cross training. Sometimes you need a break break!

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 19, 2011, 4:25 pm

    Haha great ads! All so true.

  • Lauren February 19, 2011, 4:30 pm

    So true! I love saving all my bibs – in high school, I decorated my room with them as a border around my room.

  • Ali @ Ali Runs February 19, 2011, 4:41 pm

    I love running ads. I can relate to so many of them.

  • christine February 19, 2011, 4:41 pm

    These are great. I love how runners have their own little inside jokes.

  • jen @ taste life February 19, 2011, 4:47 pm

    Love the bandaids and nipples one. Bandaids N Nipples: good name for a blog. Or not.

  • BeckyH February 19, 2011, 4:51 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    I am a new’ish’ reader and most definitely a new’ish’ runner. Do you have a post on running basics, things you need to get you started? i.e. what to wear in colder weather (I live in Michigan). Also, any suggestions from yourself or your readers on plus size running tights? Unfortunately, for those of us who want to exercise and *need* to exercise most running tights are awful since they roll down.

    Thanks, and I love love love reading your posts ! Even though I am not a vegetarian you are definitely inspiring me to eat healthier.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 19, 2011, 4:52 pm

    I think those of us who are dedicated to working out are considered different! I think the dedication is admirable and I have noticed more often than not, the dedication goes towards other great things too. These were great. Thanks for sharing!

  • Baking 'n' Books February 19, 2011, 4:53 pm

    Oh God. Can I add one?

    Runner…yeah, kinda disgusting 😉

    I jest! 🙂 (maybe…that nose-blowing one turns my stomach…)

  • Kristin February 19, 2011, 4:53 pm

    Love these!!!:)

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit February 19, 2011, 4:56 pm

    Brilliant ads.

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl February 19, 2011, 4:56 pm

    I love the lady’s face next to the snot rocket! Priceless!

  • Amber K February 19, 2011, 5:04 pm

    I’m totally confused by the one of the woman in the doctor’s office. Brain apparently is suffering from “weekend syndrome.”

    • Jen February 19, 2011, 7:54 pm

      The doctor put up all of his race bibs on the wall instead of diplomas. It took me a while to get it too.

      • Amber K February 19, 2011, 8:23 pm

        LOL thanks 🙂

  • Lori Lynn February 19, 2011, 5:18 pm

    I feel the same way too– Sometimes there is a lack of motivation- but when I’m done, I’m always amazed!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 19, 2011, 5:22 pm

    Those pictures are so funny – I loved them all!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In February 19, 2011, 5:36 pm

    Awesome campaign! Thanks for posting!

  • Carla @ Will Run for Health February 19, 2011, 5:36 pm

    Caitlin, your feet look so tiny! What size do you wear??

    • Caitlin February 19, 2011, 8:54 pm


  • AJ @ Flowing to Fifty February 19, 2011, 5:39 pm

    Ha! So good – those pics. Thanks for the reminder about motivation.

  • CH February 19, 2011, 5:45 pm

    I love the peeing in the woods one where the one woman is watching out for her friend. I usually run by myself so when I have to pee in the woods I go really far in, lol!

    This post was the motivation I needed to go get in a quick twilight 3 or 4 milers. I know I won’t regret doing it, and 3 0 4 miles is more than 0 miles! 🙂

  • Shrinking mommy of 2 February 19, 2011, 5:48 pm

    love it!! I agree, I have to motivate myself to do it but once it’s done I feel AWESOME!

  • Runeatrepeat February 19, 2011, 5:52 pm

    I was vegetarian for years and years and decided one of my 2011 resolutions was to get rid of ALL food rules. This included “no meat”. It has helped a lot with any lingering pre-occupation with eating or food and I feel better.

    I try to only buy organic/free range stuff.And I’ll probably go back to eating veggie again in the near future for ethical reasons.

    That said – I have discovered that my body feels a lot better with more protein than the “government recommended” amount. Every body is different and some people get satiated with more fat, more protein, more carbs, more ice cream…
    I don’t think we should discount that some people need more of one thing than others.

    • Runeatrepeat February 19, 2011, 5:53 pm

      Sorry, this comment is regarding your last “where do you get your protein” post 🙂

      • Caitlin February 19, 2011, 8:54 pm

        Yea I’m not discounting it at all – it’s definitely important!

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty February 19, 2011, 6:08 pm

    What great advertising!

  • Anne P February 19, 2011, 6:24 pm

    Ha! Awesome ad campaign.

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans February 19, 2011, 6:31 pm

    Haha! Those ads are great. I think one of my favorites is when people can’t believe you choose to run when its pouring down rain. I got a few funny looks from people hustling under their umbrellas trying to stay dry.

  • E (from One Twenty Five) February 19, 2011, 6:40 pm

    Caitlin!! These posters are FANTASTIC!!!!! I am super impressed with Adidas for capturing random running moments so well AND super impressed with myself that I actually relate to ALL of these :). Also, guess who’ll probably be in your city this summer! THIS GAL! Boom! I think we should run together 🙂 Happy Weekend! xo

    • Caitlin February 19, 2011, 8:55 pm

      YES!!! I’m so excited. Email me when its firmed up!

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 19, 2011, 6:43 pm

    Those ads are so funny! 😆

  • Katherine: Unemployed February 19, 2011, 6:47 pm

    NO snot rocket! oh no

  • Amanda February 19, 2011, 6:50 pm

    I love those running ads! The more I run the more often I have awesome runs…..

  • Sana February 19, 2011, 7:10 pm

    Love these, score for the snot rocket!

  • Lizzy February 19, 2011, 7:10 pm

    I LOVE those running ads! I have done the naked change in the parking garage after the philly marathon (hopefully no one saw) LOL

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) February 19, 2011, 7:19 pm

    Those running ads are awesome and made me LOL so hard!!

  • Kate February 19, 2011, 7:27 pm

    LOL love these! Thanks for posting them, Caitlin 🙂

  • Bec February 19, 2011, 7:43 pm

    One of my favorite running ads of all time/ amazing motivator for getting out the door was I think a new balance ad that went something like this “If you left for your run when you first started thinking about it you would be running right now” my roomies and I had it on our fridge in university!

    • Caitlin February 20, 2011, 12:10 pm

      Oh so true.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 19, 2011, 7:49 pm

    hahaha love the lil posters! I’ve totally done that behind the tree thing, too. Seeing it in poster form makes it seem not so strange. 😛

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef February 19, 2011, 8:57 pm

    those posters are great. i love funny running ads 🙂

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life February 19, 2011, 9:05 pm

    We are different. I think you have to be a little bit crazy to run, maybe that’s why it appeals to me.

  • Michelle... February 19, 2011, 10:00 pm

    Totally agree with the first statement! So hard to get myself motivated sometimes, but I never regret it afterward.

    As for the ads…love it! I see a few of those are in Boston, and they take me back: I used to run in the Supernova for at least 3 years of high school.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now February 20, 2011, 2:22 am

    I love those ads. Hilarious! 🙂

  • Kathie February 20, 2011, 9:40 am

    I couldnt agree more! Sometimes it’s such a mental battle to lace up the ol sneakers but I never regret a workout. Actually, truth be told, those workouts are the ones that end up being THE BEST ones!!

    Loving the runners ads. Thanks for sharing.

  • Katie @ peacebeme February 20, 2011, 10:04 am

    Love all of those. 🙂 I think both adidas and nike have both always had a lot of good ad campaigns.

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 20, 2011, 10:21 am

    Best. Ads. Ever.

    Adidas creative department deserves an award. LOL!

  • Lisa February 20, 2011, 5:42 pm

    Snot rocket: GROSS.

    Love the retro ads though!

  • Cecilia February 20, 2011, 9:30 pm

    Can anyone please tell me why he had to tape his nipple? Is it because of friction? Ha…. as you can prob tell, I’m not a runner 😛

    • Caitlin February 20, 2011, 10:06 pm

      yup it makes your nipples chafe

  • Allison @ Happy Tales February 22, 2011, 9:32 pm

    Ahhhhh what a funny post! I love this, thanks for sharing 🙂

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