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I worked the OKC Memorial Marathon Expo for the past couple days, and something kept happening that I can’t help but write about.  And fair warning, this is a bit of a rant with some completely unveiled threats, so if that’s a problem, you probably want to skip this post and come back next week when I’m not quite so aggravated.

I tweeted yesterday “seriously people, you aren’t ‘just’ running a half marathon! You are running an effing half marathon! Own it and be proud!” There seems to be this underlying current in the running community where you have to justify the distance you are doing, especially if it is less than 26.2 miles.  I can’t tell you how many times over the course of Friday and Saturday where people told me they were “just” running the half marathon.  My response each time was, “are you kidding me, you are running 13 miles! There’s no ‘just’ about it!”  Seriously, it really kind of pisses me off that people feel like they are less of a runner because they aren’t running 26.2.  The same goes for 5ks, 10ks, running a mile, or even running to the end of the block!  You are running! You are making a choice that a good majority of our culture says is crazy, stupid, or bad for your knees! You are deciding to live a healthier life!  Don’t feel like you are less because you don’t run a marathon (or run at a slower pace or run/walk)!

I’m serious here. If you feel like that, come here to Dallas and I’ll buy you a beer and then hit you for thinking you are less! 🙂

Now alternatively if you are one of those runners who makes people feel like their distance/pace/strategy isn’t worthy of the label “runner,” come on in here to Dallas and I will punch you as well, but you won’t get a beer.  Seriously, if you are one of those d-bags who belittles others for making the choice to put one foot in front of the other for any distance, I will punch you in the throat and probably won’t buy you a beer (although let’s be honest, I’ll probably pick you up off the floor and get you a drink anyway – that’s just who I am)

There are so many people who throw obstacles in front of us in our journeys, we don’t need judgment/approbation from those with whom we share this amazing bond too.  Be proud of your accomplishments.  Don’t settle and get complacent.  Keep pushing yourself. But be proud of what you’ve done, of the choices you’ve made to live healthier and taking on the challenge of running.  You ran ____ effing miles!  You are a badass in my book!

Rant over. (but some throat punches forthcoming) 🙂

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  1. May 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Freaking runners (-:

  2. May 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I feel that way when people say “just a freshman” about athletes or smartypants. If you’re that good, who cares what year or age you are!

  3. Joshua
    May 2, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I think it’s just modesty. I say ‘I’m only/just running ‘x’ miles’, but it’s because I don’t want to seem like I’m throwing it in anyone’s face. And I say it, and I’m sure others do too, because I’ve run that distance or longer before. “I’m only running 10” is what I’d say, but because I’ve run a full a few weeks back, and that shorter distance doesn’t look nearly as daunting. I don’t people are thinking of themselves as ‘less than’; they’re just shy and/or modest about what they’re doing.

    • May 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

      I respect that it could be modesty, but after way too many conversations I’d say that is the minority reason. The inflection and attitude of the majority of people (many of whom are first timers or for whatever reason don’t consider themselves “real” runners) aren’t communicating modesty but inferiority.

  4. Rachelle
    May 3, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I’m in “only” mode right now. I only have 14hrs of training this week (compared to 20 last week). I only have a 4 hr ride this weekend (compared to 7.5 last weekend). But, unless I’m talking to someone who knows my current situation (taper for IMTX) I try to just not talk about the details. It’s also why I stopped posting my splits on race reports. Too many people were getting wrapped up in the numbers and not in the general accomplishment.

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