seventeen syllables about the humor, inspiration, and pain in running


I’m a public relations consultant who started running as something to do with my sister when she came to visit. My first race was the Ragnar Relay Northwest Passages – a 200 mile relay run from the Canadian Border to Langley on Whidbey Island. Heads turned when I sait out loud in the van, “Maybe I should have started with a 5K.” No regrets and nothing but great times. Fun enough for me to do it again the following year and now I look for races to do year round to keep running fun.

When I committed to my first race, I couldn’t run a mile. Since then I have done all kinds of runs, including a half marathon and look forward to many, many more. While training for my first race – the Ragnar Relay – I would think of running haikus in my head to distract my mind from whatever pain I was feeling. (I’m not sure it worked as many of them included four letter words.) Enjoy and feel free to post your own!


22 thoughts on “About

  1. sounds very interesting. keep up and good luck😉

  2. savingmybbr on said:

    Very cool site!

  3. I can’t tell you enough how happy I am to have stumbled upon your site. It might be my most favorite blog. Seriously. Love it!

    • I can’t tell you how happy I am you like it! It helps distract me when I run when I have trouble getting in a groove. Also helps me realize every day and every run is different – even if it’s the same old route.

      Feel free to try your own! Either submit them in comments or email me at and I will attribute them to you.

      Glad you enjoy them. Thanks for returning!

    • Btw, I love joggingjeans! I had no idea people actually ran in jeans. Now I’m dying to catch someone in the act and keep hoping someone will show up at a race wearing them.

  4. chumwat on said:

    Great site! Not sure how to post haikus but here’s mine:

    In the start corral
    I ask what today will bring
    glory or ashes

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  6. It is an interesting method. Maybe I will try it out some. Thanks for swinging by my blog and following.

    Your haikus are hilarious. I am a dude though and a couple of them did not necessarily apply. I wrote one for you BTW, since you nicely stopped by, and I hav always enjoyed writing these things. They are never good though.

    Thank you Miss Haiku
    your visit was well received
    I will follow you

    • Thanks for the comment and especially the haiku! I think a lot of us could use a laugh after some hard exercise so I’m glad you can appreciate a sense of humor. I also get motivated by what other people do so thanks for what you do with your blog.

  7. Love that part about “Maybe I should have started with a 5k”!

  8. Hello RunningHaiku,
    Just a quick message to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter. I am currently following you now and am awaiting for your follow-back if you indeed decide to do so…(#FYI I do RT’s for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners & #Marathoners who follow me and have something important they want mentioned…)

    All the very best to you and yours for the rest of 2012 and beyond RunningHaiku. Hope to hear back from you…


  9. I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award (which is really just a blog chain letter, but it’s fun) – for more information visit –

  10. I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I’d like to hear your response in Haiku!

  11. Hi Char…a little haiku just for you:

    It’s awards season
    Running Haiku takes the prize
    Congrats, and blog on!

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. See all the details here

  12. Carol on said:

    Didn’t know how to email you so here is my haiku – based on my run with the girlfriends this morning. Carol

    Saturday morning group run
    Pulling me along
    There is power in the friends

  13. Oh no, where’d you go?
    I really miss your blog posts!
    Please please come back soon!

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