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runasty

verb blending
runasty, v. is when a person or competitor finishes a race looking very unkept and disgusting. Runasty is when a runner looks as though they are completely exhausted and in a lot of physical pain. They are usually covered in their own puke, spit and snot. They can also be covered in mud, blood, sweat and often times their own bodily functions.
 
Runasty is a blending of the two words run and nasty. It is used before a running event to describe a runner's plan of action in an upcoming race, it can be used during a race to describe someone's evident state of exhaustion or gross appearance, or after a race to describe a runners previous performance. It can be used as a form of encouragement by coaches and athletes who want runners to use all of their strength and energy in a race, because runasty is an action that involves pouring all of one's heart and guts into a race, it is an action that describes someone who is willing to risk personal embarassment and failure in order to win a race. The word was used loosely and infrequently in my own running club at first but gained momentum in the running community as of recent.
Etymology : runasty is a blending of the two words run and nasty, run comes from Old English, and originates from the word rinnan which means to flow or run downstream. Run has evolved from the water that runs in a stream into a pace faster than jogging. Nasty comes from Old French and means foul, filthy and dirty it can also be used to describe someone who is bad and strange, nasty has kept its meaning and is still used to describe something repugnant and filthy.
Source : "So you planning on doing some runasty in the race today?" -Conversation with cross country running team member in Canada, december 2006
Last modified: 2 December 2008


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