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.
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.
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.
Another perk that came with no family gatherings in 2020 was not having to explain to your extended family why you are still single.
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.
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.
We'll try anything if there is a delicious beverage and praise involved.
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.
As Monty Python taught us, always look on the bright side of life.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Nothing like a total stranger to tell you when you are almost there. Thanks, but it feels like I have a ways to go.
If you have someone in your family who wakes up at 5am to go for a run, they may need professional help.
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.
If half-marathon training always ends with a Netflix marathon, count us in.
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.
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.
It really feels good when it pays off.