My Reaction to the WSJ “Get Over It” Article
Friday: 6 miles @ 8:12 pace on treadmill/ ab video x 2
Saturday: 6 miles @ 8:20 pace on treadmill/ Body Pump
I’m sad to say that Saturday was my last BP class until after the race. Time to start resting and letting my muscles recover.
In case you haven’t read the article by Chad Stafko here is it OK, You’re a Runner: Get over It. For a short summary, he says that we runners like to pat ourselves on the back and relish in our running accomplishments by putting 262./13.1 stickers on our cars and plastering our runs on all social media outlets. I have to somewhat agree. I have a 26.2 license plate frame, love to wear running clothes or race shirts and post training runs and races on FB. I get his point. BUT I don’t push others to do it, or expect anyone to “pat me on the back.” I am simply proud of what I’ve done.
My biggest grudge is that how is any of that different from a college sports fan?! Mr. Stafko, do you proudly wear your Alma Mater’s t-shirt on game day? Do you have a jersey or hat or anything with your college on it? Do you cheer your team on and celebrate when they win? Of course you do. You’re proud of graduating from that college and want others to know it.
There are some crazy runners out there who, sure, are a bit obnoxious, just like there are those super fans who paint their bodies and act a fool at games.
Do we wake up uber early to run in the dark? Yup! And you wake up early to start tailgating before the game.
We have alumni (master runners) and Freshman (runners just beginning).
Some runners like to have all the new technology (think Garmin/Polar watches), new model of shoes, expensive Finisher’s gear, while other runners go bare bones and just run to run. Just like some sports fans like have the newest jerseys, hats, or anything with the team logo (that’s a long list!) while others just show up to watch a good game.
How is us (runners) updating our FB status to say we rocked our last run any different than you blowing up our feed with “GO fill in the blank team!”
OK, enough rambling and comparing, you guys get the point. People are naturally going to wear/post/talk about things they are proud of. Is that anything new? So wear your Finisher’s shirts and bumper stickers with pride because you know what?! YOU FREAKIN DESERVE TO!
Onto some more running talk 🙂 I have my last long run before my real taper begins. I’ve already been cutting down the mileage- hence the two 4 milers this week. I’m tackling another 2 x 3miles at tempo workout, only this time I have a 5 mile warm up and 5 miles in between the tempos. Because of hot, humid, crappy weather and other plans for the day, I am doing half outside and half on the treadmill.
Is this too much butternut squash to consume in one sitting?
I’m going to need the sodium tomorrow. Ugh. SO not looking forward to stepping out my door and being hit in the face with damp warmness. I need to start thinking positive ASAP! Happy Weekend my friends!
What do you think of the article?
How do you like to carb up?