Omar Noory -2008

Hater Says…

You Respond…

Too much running is bad for you.

Too much Mountain Dew makes me think I’m a levitating cheetah.

Running is bad for your knees.

Gravity is bad for knees. Acceptance is freedom.

Those aren’t zero drop shoes. Those are 3mm.

Thank you! This changes everything! Let’s go for a celebration run.

Hokas look like clown shoes.

Shut up and pile into my tiny Volkswagen.

Compression sleeves are just a fad and do nothing.

Hula-hoops and yo-yos are fads. I’d wear those if they helped.

5K runs are a waste of time.

The stock market these days says my 401K is a waste of time.

I heard that running makes you gain weight.

In In everyday usage, the mass of an object is often referred to as its weight, though these are in fact different concepts and quantities. In scientific contexts, mass refers loosely to the amount of "matter" in an object whereas weight refers to the force experienced by an object due to gravity.[1]

You’re obsessed with running.

I’m obsessed with MTV’s “Teen Mom 2”. Running is what I do between episodes.

All your posts on Facebook are about running.

That’s what she said.

Soon you’re going to be too old to run.


Let the Haters Hate.

Feel empathy for them. They are missing out on the fun. They are living in fear while we live in joy. Try to include them. They CAN be converted.

If all else fails, minimize their access to you or confuse them with your witty retorts.

Life it too short to hate.

1- You sign up for a race.

Hater tells you about the 10 other races they have done that were harder OR Hater tells you what a waste of money it is to pay for races.
2- You learn something about running shoes, hydration, or training.

Hater tells you why you’re wrong and nitpicks.
3- You run an Ultramarathon.

Hater tells you marathons are tougher.
4- You watch running transform your life, expand your social circles, and enrich your experience.

Hater tells you your obsessed and neglecting them.
5- You wear your lucky (and badass) unicorn hat.

Hater tells you it looks stupid.
6- You post your PR distance on Facebook.

Hater ignores this but will happily “Like” a picture of you passed-out drunk from your college days.
7- You express excitement over upcoming Ragnar, Warrior Dash, and Color Runs.

Hater tells you why relays are stupid, Tough Mudders are better, and how the colored dyes cause cancer in Tibetan rats.


Runner Problems... you know what we're talking about

Haters have the mistaken belief that a success for someone else means LESS for them.

"Haters Gunna Hate”.

The term “Haters” popped up in the late 90’s in a Will Smith song. In 2000 band “3LW” dropped the term “Haters Gunna Hate” in their timeless holiday classic ““Playas Gon’ Play”.

So what’s a Hater? (or H8R as the kids refer to it on the interwebs)

Urban Dictionary in August 2003:
Hater (n.):
A person that simply cannot be happy for another person’s success. Instead of giving acknowledgment in courtesy, a hater often pursues his/her point by exposing a flaw in the target subject. Hating, the result of being a hater, is not exactly jealousy. The hater doesn’t really want to be the person he or she hates, rather the hater wants to knock someone else [sic] down a notch.

In your running and civilian life, you’re going to come across these people all the time.

If you’ve surrounded yourself with loving and supportive people, you can minimize this to a large degree, but those Haters are relentless. They’ll find you. That’s what they do. Without you, they are invisible.

So how do you know the difference between Runhole’s cheeky *wink* at the dopey stuff we runners do and a real Hater? It’s not difficult. Haters don’t laugh at themselves: Just other people. And they normally aren’t even laughing. They are serious.