We runners sure do seem to like talking about running. Judging from my social media feeds we might even like talking about running more than running itself! It’s cool to talk about running on social media … to an extent. When it comes to tweeting, posting or sharing a #selfie about your running activity, there are definitely some do’s and don’ts involved.
Of course, I can’t lie. I’ve made
all some of these mistakes myself. But let my mistakes be a lesson for you, so that you might more successfully survive the runner-eat-runner world of social media!
1. Announcing where and when you’ll be running. “Hey @sxy_runnr_chk! I’ll see you at Main St. Park at 7 tomorrow for some trails!” You might as well have tweeted, “Hey stalkers and serial killers! There will be two hot vulnerable woman alone in the woods at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow!” Sure, I just made a joke about getting killed, but safety is serious business. Don’t do this. If you’re making plans, do it privately!
2. Giving unsolicited advice. “Oh, I saw in your online training log that you’re only running 5 days a week. If you run 7 days with four doubles like I do, you’ll get so much faster.” Do you love it when people hate you? Well then, by all means give them the advice you think they need but haven’t asked you for.
3. Posting photos of your food. Picture a photo of a bowl filled with $75 worth of goods bought at Whole Foods enhanced with the “Rise” filter on Instagram. We get it. You’re an athlete who likes to fuel her body with healthy nutrients or you’re a gourmet with exquisite taste or you’re really into posting photos of blobs of goop that resemble zombie guts. We love you, but we don’t want to see your food.
4. Posting too many posts about running.
6:00 a.m. “So great to finish a run before any normal person is even awake!”
6:45 a.m. [posts inspiring meme of sunset with words and a runner’s leg on it]
7:30 a.m. “Oh my god! Mary just texted me that the gym got new treadmills!”
7:36 a.m. “Anyone doing a long run tomorrow and looking for company?”
7:51 a.m. “Is it sad I wish I could run again later?”
8:17 a.m. “My latest blog post about how amazing everything is all the time. RUNNING!” (or something like that) [includes link to said blog post].
… and so on and so forth.
If this looks like your Facebook Timeline, I hate to break it to you, but no one is reading it because all your friends have blocked you from their feed.
5. Bragging. “17.68 miles at 4:14 pace and that felt soooooooooo easy! Can’t wait for my long run tomorrow!” Just. Stop.
What do you think are runners’ biggest social media faux pas?