5 Social Media Mistakes Runners Make

fri5We 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.

Don't do it!
Don’t do it! “Your friends” will hate you (or kill you).

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? 

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. So. Spot. On.

    I can’t really think of any others b/c you hit the nail on the head. Most especially number one–I cringe when I see women announcing where/when they run. Just not a good idea.

  2. I snorted my coffee reading this! But the one about not announcing where you’ll be running is no joke. Don’t do it.

  3. We recently went away for vacation. My wife didn’t want me to mention it so people wouldn’t know out house would be empty.
    People do tend to share too much. I have a relative who posts way too many pics of her cute 3-yr old. Just not a good idea in my opinion. But hey, it’s just my opinion.
    And what is with all of the food pics and training logs? I never read those posts or ewe and ah over the wonderful looking food.
    My blog doesn’t have 1K followers so I obviously have not cracked the code, but I think you are “spot on.”

  4. I never start my GPS tracker in front of my house (mostly because I’m walking down the road fiddling with my technology). I was feeling pretty virtuous that if I decided to share the route, no creepy would know where I live. But they would know where my neighbor lives. Not neighborly.

  5. Bahaha LOVE IT! I HATE when people brag on their runs. I’m not against a once-in-a-while joyous post… “First run back, felt great!” “I was nervous about today’s long run, but it went really well!” But bragging on paces and distances… super tacky.

    I’m totally guilty of the food one, but then again I’m a nerd for cooking and I actually enjoy seeing pics of my friends’ food, as long as a) they’ve cooked it b) it actually looks tasty and c) it’s something I might want to cook!

    @Valerie I do the same thing, sort-of on purpose but sort-of accidentally 🙂