Those Crazy Brits…


The London Marathon is approaching, and I’ve noticed that Brits have a much better sense of humor about everything running than Americans.

Here are a few headlines/stories that have caught my eye:

How Do You Train For Running The London Marathon Dressed As A Hippo?

10 Things No One Tells You Before You Run The London Marathon

Here’s an excerpt:

Never again will you need to go to the loo quite as often. And never again will the ratio of Portaloos to people gagging for a pee or a poo seem quite so disproportionate.

You’ll look at bushes and trees with a hint of desperation in your eyes. You’ll find yourself loitering around Portaloos, just in case. You’ll do a Number One or Two at least three times in the space of an hour. And that’s all before you’ve even started running.

When, finally, you are called to the starting pen, you’ll find you need to go again. You’ll be horrified (and a tiny bit jealous) to see a chap having a piss right next to you.

Further down the road, you’ll start to think about Paula Radcliffe’s famous call of nature. Your running motto becomes ‘Desperate times call for desperate measures’. You sink to a new low of personal hygiene. And you don’t really care.

Mo Farah To Run In Slower Group In London Marathon

Yes, Mo will be running in the “slower” group. How slow? They plan to go through the halfway mark in 62:15.


London Marathon: The Best And Worst Motivational Slogans

I hope you got a laugh out of those stories.

What gets you motivated to train?

What gets you motivated to race?

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12 Responses to Those Crazy Brits…

  1. I’m running Boston in 11 days. Sunday is my last long run (12.5 miles) and then I need to taper My motivation to train is to try and do better at this Boston than I did in 2012. I’m always trying to be better than the me that ran last time.
    Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t work I don’t want to look back and say, I should have done that long run instead of sleeping in.
    Racing help keep me motivated to run. Running with friends is fun, running is fun but having a goal is my real motivation.
    Cheers – Andy

  2. I love the brits. Especially for their accents 😉 haha. I usually get motivated in numbers. Going to the gym, doing a workout class, or getting together with friends for a run/bike ride really helps me

  3. piratebobcat says:

    Haha, very funny! Although it makes me a little sad too. I’ve tried for 6 years straight to get into the London Marathon, but have had zero luck. Maybe next year!

  4. runsaltrun says:

    OMG that is SO SLOW. (I just laughed out loud at my desk haha.)
    I love all these articles! What gets me motivated to train and race? I just like the challenge of it. I went my whole life never playing any sports or athletically challenging myself in any way so it’s like I’m making up for lost time. 🙂

  5. HILARIOUS! You should warn us. I’m at work!!!!! LOL!!!! xoxo
    What gets me motivated to train? When I look out my window (like now) and see runners having a blast outside!!!

  6. Haha, I love the motivational messages….! Number 6 had me literally laughing out loud! 😀

  7. I like the combination of running and humor, I really get a kick out of it.
    I’m very motivated to train, mainly because it makes me feel good and keep healthy. I’m still figuring out what motivates me to race, especially on those last few KMs, I always wonder why I’m doing it…

  8. I love this and it’s so true. When I lived in Europe, they had a better sense of humor on just about everything.

  9. jajaja!!! love it!! I’m motivated by the constant challenge running brings.

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