>General Running>Do you ever feel...like you have to hold back?
Abs of Flabs
I'm so with you on this one. My coworkers, friends and parents ask about my running and I have to tone it down and leave out the details because I don't want to sound like a broken record. I don't ever have to do that with my running friends. I can tell them that I shaved off 30 seconds in a half marathon and they are genuinely interested.
'07: 1324.5 | '08: 1561 | '09: 1810.9 run ~ 208.7 bike | '10: 1,000.3 run ~ 3513.5 bike | '11: 710.3 run ~ 4157.9 bike '12: 659.9 run ~ 3365.6 bike (100% benched by ortho last 4.5 weeks while in long-arm cast)
• DON'T BREAK ANYTHING!!!
• get within 5#s of 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)
• 1st olympic distance duathlon
• 1st Iceman Cometh mtn bike race
• Half Fanatic
• punch Type 1 in the junk
The problem I have is that so many people in my town see me running--from their cars usually--that when I see them in real life that's all they want to talk to ME about. As if I'm so one dimensional that I can't or don't want to talk about anything else. I have this bizarre effect on people where they will--totally unprompted--tell me all about their efforts to get fit, how they wish they could get to the gym more but this or that came up?? As if seeing me running from their car window makes them feel guilty for being lazy and overweight so that when they see me face to face later they feel the need to rationalize it to me. Even though I never saw them--they were just another car going by that I didn't pay any attention to.
But what sets me in a pool of my own drool is when other moms start talking about scrapbooking, stamping, or other crafty pursuits in blogs or otherwise. Cripes, it's like the cure for insomnia.
ok, I get this. I'm a Christian homeschooler... can I paint a picture of what that's supposed to look like? LOL! These women live and breath their children, homeschooling ciricculum(because they constantly switch because something isn't a good fit but I think it's because they don't know how to teach it, but that's a WHOLE other rant), fly lady, and meal plans. It's enough to send me into a coma. Me? I like a nice hard run, low cut jeans and camis, a margarista every now and again, and sushi.
Mike, I get that, too. People at work will see me heading out to run at lunch, then proceed to think that's all I do. "Hey, you're that running guy, right?" "Uhh...I guess so, yeah." "Wow, you're pretty nuts, you know that?"
Of course, these are all the smokers....
My new strategy is to minimize the whole thing. When non-runners ask how the weekend was, a quick shrug and a "oh, did an easy 15 miler" seems to garner more interest than a long explanation. Then when they sputter "but, why?" ... just change the subject.
I just say I did nothing exciting and move on.
You'll ruin your knees!
""...the truth that someday, you will go for your last run. But not today—today you got to run." - Matt Crownover (after Western States)
\So, I'll just say in my most giggly, girlie voice..."So, how was your run?"
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