I love running, I really do. It’s part of my life and part of who I am but that does not mean that I don’t find it challenging and a pain in the a*se at times! Curses, or swear words as us Brits call them, are a helpful tool in fighting a hard time and getting through those tough runs. I think I am quite a polite and well spoken person most of the time but when it’s me, the open road and the blood, sweat and tears my mouth can turn pretty foul!

Every curse word has a particular point when it feels most appropriate and I’d like to share my words and when to use them.

Oh Bollocks!!!!!

Bollocks is a pretty mild swear word and doesn’t even require any stars to hide it’s full spelling but that doesn’t make it any less effective. This word is pulled out of the curse arsenal very often when I look up to see a seemingly never ending hill towering above me.

F*ck off

I certainly don’t look like a runner on the cover of Runners World when i’m out pounding the floor. My old clothes, dirty shoes, sweat dripping off any overhang and heavy breathing that would scare most children away. So, when Mr fancy Lycra runs past and pomposely decrees “Good Morning” I must admit the words “F*ck off” nearly erupt from my mouth. Of course my foul mood is not the other person’s fault so normally the words “Good morning” are uttered in return instead!

This is also the curse my partner uses towards me when I try to encourage her up a tough hill or to power on later in a run!

Donkey Sh*t

I like Donkeys and their poop is particularly good for composting. Some people even call it black gold. However when out running the good attributes of the donkey’s processed dinner are not meant when hollowing out this phrase at a wrong turning. Especially if it’s added a few km’s to a run that is already pushing my distance limit.


You little bast*rd

This curse is usually used prior to running when I realise my iPhone is too low on battery to accompany me on my run. It’s my job to keep the little fellow fed with electricity but it still gets the blame! I’m so attached to my tech that running without recording via Runkeeper (and often with Zombies Run too) just doesn’t feel right at the time. I need to learn to rely less on this!

F*ck, Sh*t, Bollocks, F*ck

A variation of many multi faceted curses used when pain is experienced! Stubbed toes, bashed ankles, running into a tree, falling down a hole, whatever really!

As you can see my cursing vocab is actually pretty limited in it’s scope, but still effective, and I am utterly sure you can top these with some more inventive and descriptive curses. I’d love to hear from you.

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Thanks for reading.

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When I can be I am a regular runner but I am also nothing special and certainly no elite, so in that respect I am regular too. However I do love talking about running and related things and I do have a lot of experience, over 15 years now.

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