As 2020 comes to a close, it brings to mind something my dad often said back when I was a little kid. When friends and family would walk out the door of our home after a visit, he would say, "Thanks for coming, and thanks for leaving."

Instead of running away from 2020, let's run toward the new year and the promise and potential it brings. To start this year with some laughs—and a little inspiration—here are some of our favorite running memes we found in 2020 while stuck inside on the couch.

A Classic Meme

Oprah running meme

You don't have to be addicted to running to enjoy these running memes. Is this joke from 2004? Yes, it is. But you have to admit, it's still kinda funny. Now that we've had a chuckle, let's get to the newer ones.

Home For the Holidays

Holiday running meme

Unfortunately, many didn't get to go home for the holidays this year. But if you look on the bright side, it eliminates the possibility of running into someone from high school.

Yes, Aunt Kim, I'm Still Single

still single running meme

Another perk that came with no family gatherings in 2020 was not having to explain to your extended family why you are still single.

Millennial Motivation

Millennial running meme

If you are getting out of the house and exercising, might as well give it all you got. This motivating quote actually works quite well for situations outside the running world.


oversharing running meme

Wait, you don't have to post about everything you do on social media? What's the point of exercising if you can't brag about it a little? If it's not on Facebook, it didn't happen.

The Better Half

Half marathon running meme

We'll try anything if there is a delicious beverage and praise involved.


Flawless running meme

In 2012, a photographer took this pic of Zeddie Little running a race and looking absolutely flawless while doing it. His "ridiculously photogenic" face has been used in memes around the world. No matter how hard your struggles may be, it doesn't hurt to look good while you're going through it.

Thunderous Applause

thunderous applause running meme

As Monty Python taught us, always look on the bright side of life.

Where's the Stimulus?

money running meme

Unless you're Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk, chances are you can relate to this one! How many calories does running out of money burn?

Cupcake Motivation?

cupcake running meme

As huge fans of cupcakes, we're not sure if this meme is inspirational or depressing. It takes running a 5K to burn the calories from two cupcakes? We might need to rethink our 2021 weightloss goals.

A Post-COVID World?

post-covid running meme

How hard will you party when the pandemic is over? This meme is all about marathon training, but it easily translates to life in lockdown.

Be Careful With Those Social Media Posts

Instagram running meme

It hasn't been easy being stuck in the house for weeks or months at a time. It's been a painful experience for many, but it's good to remember that the pain won't last forever. Those Instagram photos, though, are a different story.

No, You're Almost There!

Almost there running meme

Nothing like a total stranger to tell you when you are almost there. Thanks, but it feels like I have a ways to go.

Ron Swanson Is a Wise Man

ron swanson running meme

If you have someone in your family who wakes up at 5am to go for a run, they may need professional help.

Keep Going!

don't stop running meme

2020 was a difficult year for many of us for a variety of different reasons. During those times when you feel like you can't keep going, it's good to remind yourself that you absolutely can.

Marathon Training

netflix marathon running meme

If half-marathon training always ends with a Netflix marathon, count us in.

Know Your "Why"

punching people running meme

If you are going to do something, it's good to know what your motivation is. It's also good to make decisions that don't result in violence.

Don't Quit

character flaw running meme

Not everyone can be the best at everything. Even if you aren't the best or the fastest, there's no reason to quit. Keep pushing. Keep grinding. The hard work will pay off.

Speaking of Hard Work...

hard work running meme

It really feels good when it pays off.

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