friday five 2.0: five hashtags every runner understands


We are ending the week with the Friday Five 2.0, hosted by Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy.


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This week is a free week, so I decided to have some fun. I want to write about

We know them. We love them. They define us. We understand. These are the hashtags that unite us as runners.


Good ol’ “Fear of Missing Out.” No one likes being the odd man (or woman) out, which is why #FOMO is so tempting.

It’s also the reason I registered for, and ran, a marathon. Normal, reasonable me didn’t give two figs about completing 26.2 miles. #FOMO me started wondering what I was missing. If a group of good running friends was up for it, it couldn’t be that bad. A couple glass of red wine later, I had talked myself right into signing up, and eight months after that, I was crossing the finish line of a marathon.

Obviously, I forgot all my childhood lessons about not caving to peer pressure. But I’ve learned my lesson and won’t be doing THAT again. or will I?…


“You Only Live Once”, or as I like to call it: “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?”

And this, my running friends, is why I have ended up with (edible, non-toxic) colored powder up in my nose, in my ears and in lots of places that don’t need to be discussed. (I don’t care what they tell you – that purple is hard to wash off!)

It’s also why I’ll be a part of a team at the Ragnar Relay Trail in Alafia River in a few weeks. There, I’ll be running my first relay (trail or otherwise), camping for the first time, and running in the woods at night. #YOLO!


From “runger” to missing toenails and everything in between, we runners have problems. While this hashtag might not solve our issues, it does give us a way to bond and commiserate over injuries, chafing, upset tummies, shoe updates that leave us cold and  a whole host of other complaints. Misery loves company, and it’s great to have a virtual shoulder on which to cry.


Oh, do we know that feeling. We see a race pop up on Facebook, or a friend mentions a cool race she is trying, and the next thing we know, we are forking over our registration fee and filling in dates on our calendar. This running thing is an addictive hobby, and it’s so easy to get caught up in the madness.


It’s about the miles. I know it is. But I love collecting my bling. The bigger and sparklier, the better. And if a race offers a multiday or multi distance challenge for extra medals? I am all over that.

I chose my first half marathon on the basis of bling, and I am (mostly) not ashamed to admit it’s part of what my race selection process.


Do these hashtags resonate with you? Add your own!

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29 Responses to friday five 2.0: five hashtags every runner understands

  1. My first marathon was because #FOMO, my second was because #YOLO, and my upcoming one is #RunAllTheRaces!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Runfessions for NovemberMy Profile

  2. Love the list of hashtags…felt all of them this year. Most recently #runnersproblems when I was going to run at lunch the other day but forgot my sports bra!!!
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  3. Oh this is a cute post! Although I don’t pick races based on bling, I do shy away from traveling to ones that don’t offer any. If i’m gonna put some effort into traveling and running I want something than just a memory to show for (I know that might sound lame). I will do a local 5k though even though I know they rarely give anything.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Not lame at all – if you’re going to the expense, I agree – there should be something tangible and memorable. Most of our local 5Ks do offer medals, so that’s a nice plus.

  4. Cute! FOMO is so real isn’t it?!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Warm Up With Mizuno Breath Thermo Cold Weather Wear-ReviewMy Profile

  5. Love all of these hashtags! I get serious #fomo and it definitely drives me to do many of the crazy races that I do! Love this!
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  6. Rachel says:

    #RUNALLTHERACES!!!! Yassssssss! How about #EatAllTheFood?
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  7. Love this post!! My favorite #hashtag is #gobrightorgohome because I refuse to dress in blah & boring duds 😉
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  8. Coco says:

    Too funny! I guess we have #FOMO because we know #YOLO?
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  9. Ha ha ! this is great. I too decided to run my first marathon because of #FOMO and because I wasn’t getting any younger ! I see one of your pictures is from Paris. Which race did you run ?

    As for the color run, I have no interest in it and your purple remarks confirmed it 🙂
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  10. Us runners have so many runners problems that only we can understand! Thank goodness for social media where we can share our issues with other runners and know that we are not alone:)
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  11. Lesley says:

    I *may* have FOMO for the Star Wars light side 10k because of the bling. Two hashtags right there. It’s BB8 for this round, so I’m planning on jumping on registering for the light side 10k for 2018.

  12. Great list! Although while I like nice bling, it’s not the first thing I really think about . Or second, or third. In fact, it’s just the icing on the cake, usually.
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  13. I always get super jealous -fear of missing out.

  14. Geez, i had serious runner fomo this fall with all the marathons. Alex basically had to tie me down!
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  15. I think #runforbling is the only reason I run. The ONLY one.
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