It ain’t easy being a runner. Besides tackling the long, hard miles, we have to put up with some really “interesting” commentary on the sport we love. Endorphins generally protect us from sour moods, but dealing with certain remarks can test even the power of the runner’s high. (Feel free to share this with your friends and family so they know what NOT to say!)
1. “How was your jog?”
I don’t jog, I run. Whether I am channeling my inner-Olympian or schlepping along sucking wind, if I am giving it my all, I am running.
2. “Oh, I wish I had time to exercise, but I am so busy!”
Oh really, you don’t have time to exercise? Are you implying that I have tons of spare time on my hands? Well, I don’t. I have as many hours in the day as you do; we just have different priorities.
3. “Did you win your race?”
No, I didn’t “win” my race. Do you have any idea how many runners are at these events? And how many are younger/taller/better/stronger? They are not all recreational runners like me either, but thanks for asking the question and making me feel like a loser. Guess what? FINISHING = WINNING.
4. “I don’t run because it is so bad for the knees.”
Well, that’s fine if it’s what keeps you cozy on the couch, but running is proven to have countless health benefits – including reducing your risk of cancer and heart disease. If you want to roll the dice with those things, be my guest. But me and my knees will be pounding the pavement while you are coming up with other lame excuses not to work out.
5. “So are you running a marathon?”
No, I am not training for a marathon and no, I don’t have any aspirations to do so. Thanks for implying that running 21.1K/13.1 miles in the half-marathon isn’t quite good enough. When is the last time you ran for more than 2 hours? Yep, thought so.
6. “Wow, you seem to run a lot. Don’t you think that’s a bit excessive?”
No, actually I don’t think that running regularly is obsessive – it’s called a healthy, active lifestyle. Try it sometime.
7. “You run all the time so you can eat whatever you want!”
Running regularly means I can partake in the occasional treat, but it doesn’t give me license to eat crap every day. Besides, I don’t like the way I feel when I eat that way. So I don’t need “the look” or the snide comments about my “diet” if I pass on the chocolate cake or French fries. You try running with those stuck to your ass and see how much fun it is.
8. “You ran in that weather?” (said with incredulous, judgemental look)
Running in the snow or sleet or rain does not make me crazy…just dedicated. If I waited for the perfect running conditions, I might run 5 days per year.
9. “There’s no way I could run that far.”
Well, it’s not easy for me either. Not any part of it. I couldn’t run this far the first time I laced up; it takes training. I don’t do it because it is easy, I do it because it is challenging. And even when I hate it, I still love it.
10. “You run for fun? That’s weird.”
You don’t need to understand why I run. I don’t need to understand why you don’t. But if you don’t have anything nice to say, you know how the saying goes…go for a run!
Tell us: What annoying things have you heard? How do you handle them?