Runblebragging = Run + humblebragging
Humblebragging is a type of false modesty where one boasts under the guise of a complaint or false humility. It was coined by Harris Wittles, an executive producer, comedian, and writer of Parks & Recreation. Runblebragging is humblebragging about running. Despite my mixed feelings of running-related portmanteaus, I couldn’t resist coining one myself.
Some good humblebrag examples:
I’m wearing a ponytail, rolled out of bed from a nap, at a bar w/my guy, and guys r still hitting on me. Like, really ?? @AmesLauren
Can we start a media campaign to question how I got into Columbia, too? Still scratching my head about how I got accepted & demand answers! @AnnieDuke
Spoke to a full room at Michigan Law today. I’m going to pretend that the impressive turnout had nothing to do with the free food. @radleybalko
Nobody likes a humblebragger because of the lack of sincerity of the statement coming from the braggart. Runblebragging is specifically about running/racing boasts with a big old helping of disingenuous humility. Social media is teeming with it. Look, we’ve all runblebragged, intentionally or unintentionally, at some point and this post is not about calling anyone out. So if you read below and recognize yourself in it, you’re not the only guilty one (I probably did it too). When people runblebrag ALL THE DANG TIME, it’s annoying as heck. Yeah, yeah, we get it. You’re hot stuff.
Runblebragging is TOTALLY different from SF Road Warrior‘s excellent post on the right to your disappointment on how runners get to be disappointed when races do not go well for them. No matter what time you run, even if it’s a fast that many people would kill for, you get to be disappointed if that race did not go as you had hoped. The difference is is the sincerity or the authenticity of the feeling. If you truly disappointed because you know you had trained for a better race, but it wasn’t in the cards for you, you get to be disappointed. Runblebragging is pretending that you’re not fine with the time, when in reality you actually are, but you’re presenting it otherwise in order to seem #sohumble.
I came up with some fun runblebragging examples. While I may not have seen these specific statements, I’ve certainly seen my share of statements like these from runners.
- Can you believe it? I accidentally won a race. It was meant only to be a training run.
- Guys, I don’t know how it happened, but I PR’d!!!! I haven’t trained for five months and haven’t raced in ages, but I pulled a PR out of thin air. #cantbelieveit #miraclesdohappen
- Nothing like running with Olympians to make you feel slow.
- I ran that race sooo slow [insert pretty fast time here] because I was pacing a friend/using the race as a training run/couldn’t handle the [heat/humidity/rain/snow/wind].
- Oopsies! I ran those intervals faster than I was supposed to! #coachdontbemad
- I’m soooo tired from waking up early to go running [insert a bajillion] miles. Totally #worthit.
- Oopsies! I ate all the food after my long run.
- I’m so sweaty and gross from the hour-long [insert mega-expensive boutique fitness class here].
- I couldn’t leave after a race right away because I had to wait FOREVER for the awards ceremony to begin.
- Ugh, I can never do that race because I’m always training for Boston during that time of year. #alwaysmissingout
- I look so big next to these elite runners.
- Look at this huge salad I ate instead of a burger for lunch. Yikes! Who am I? #newyearnewme
- I pigged out on ice cream because #balance.
- Ugh, I spent all my money on #Nike #vaporfly.
- Gasp! I can barely breathe during the training run at #altitudecamp. #highlife
- I think my Garmin is broken because there’s no way I ran this fast.
- Hey, Timing Company! Was there something wrong with your timing mats because I was recorded with a really fast time?
- Argh, the shelf in the bookcase broke under the weight of all the trophies.
- Ugh! The problem with getting faster is that the workouts get tougher.
How do you runblebrag? What runblebrags have you seen from other runners?