If you see an abundance of spandex-clad people hitting the pavement extra hard this morning, don't panic about being in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These folks are simply celebrating National Running Day. Yes, folks. That exercise and sport that sends some people screaming towards the couch has it's own special day. And, naturally, runners around the world are celebrating. Whether that means going out for an extra mile in the morning or sharing some running memes on social media, every runner has a different way of celebrating this special day.

To outsiders, this day doesn't make a lot of sense. Why would you celebrate something that causes sweat to stream from every pore of your body; something that makes your muscles to twinge in pain as you sit on the couch? Well, the reason to get up and run is different for everyone. For me, it's the fact that running is the only activity that provides the physical benefits of exercise, mental benefits of therapy, and motivation benefits of competition all in one. I'm all about multitasking, and running does that.

Don't get me wrong. There are days where I wish I'd never picked up the sport (hill workouts anyone?), and there are many morning where I opt for extra sleep over extra miles. But, at the end of the day, I'm glad I slipped into my Sauconies all those years ago. And these running memes are for my fellow fiends who have a love/hate relationship with the sport.

1. This Aint A Beauty Pageant

Running Memes on Twitter

It's really impossible. Don't let the magazines fool you.

2. In Denial

Running Memes on Twitter

You're only sore until the doctor puts you in a cast. And even then, you'll want a second opinion.

3. Hello Motivation

Queen City Marathon on Twitter

I'd run for Ryan's attention. Wouldn't you?

4. The Truth About Marathons

Gaganjeet Singh on Twitter

But actually, marathon training is the worst.

5. The "Cheap" Sport

The Runner's Mark on Twitter

Race registrations and foam rollers are expensive AF!

6. That Runner's High Though

Para el WhatsApp on Twitter

It's real. I promise!

7. The Running Community

Cat White on Twitter

And, if you're a cross country runner, you meet lots of grass too.

8. Innocent Till Proven Guilty

Solitude Health on Twitter

If the track doesn't fit, you must acquit.

9. Not So Humble Brag

Vadodara Marathon on Twitter

There's nothing wrong with a little pride.

10. Seeking Running Partner

4TMiler on Twitter

You promise to go easy, right?

11. What Injury?

Nachete Runner on Twitter

Runners invented the phrase "can't stop, won't stop."

12. #GPSFAil

Fleet Feet Gburg on Twitter

Getting lost is just part of the sport.

13. Really?!

Alyssa Waibel on Twitter


14. The Addiction Is Real

Paula on Twitter

How else is a girl supposed to get her hardware?

15. The Competitive Spirit

Max from DASHR on Twitter

Don't mess with a runner.

16. Mother Nature Is A B*tch

Tai Fung on Twitter

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor hail can stop a runner from hitting the trail.

17. A Special Breed

Jacob Bergmeier on Twitter

But seriously, what do you discuss first?

18. Says Who?

Invest And Succeed on Twitter

Seriously. Show me the studies.

19. You Can't Run From The Truth

✨RunnerGirl✨ on Twitter

From the mouths of babes.

20. What Off Day?

Al Scott on Twitter

They really don't exist for runners.

21. Running Scared

WCPR (Parks and Rec) on Twitter

What better motivation than fear?

22. Travel Struggles

TCS World 10K on Twitter

Just praying that checked bag of shoes doesn't exceed 50 pounds.

23. Runner's Shade

Max from DASHR on Twitter

Come on kids. You know better than to push it right from the get go.

24. Sorry, Not Sorry

FitCal on Twitter

A runner humors a doctor. A real runner laughs in their face.

25. What Is A Runner

Gay Cake Of RP on Twitter

Hey, nothing wrong with dreaming big.