When people say I’m “only” running X number of miles. Don’t discount your hard work, whether you are running 1 mile or 1 million, running is hard. We are all at different stages in our running journey. At one point in your life what you considered to be a miniscule amount of miles is a huge feat for someone either new to the sport, coming back from being sidelined from injury, or who doesn’t have as much free time to devote to training. I know it is human nature to compare ourselves to each other, but OWN those miles you are running. The word ‘only’ should be deleted from our vocabulary. Next time you notify anyone of what distance you plan to tackle, or just completed, shout with authority and confidence from the rooftops!
When people don’t show gratitude for all the hard work that goes into putting on an endurance event. It takes countless volunteers and hours to accomplish what they do, by providing us athletes with enough water, gatorade, words of encouragement, high-fives, traffic control and bagels at the finish. When you can muster it, say ‘thank you’ in a race to various volunteers, give a random thumbs-up, lots of high-fives, or even send an e-mail or thank you note to the race director. Trust me, it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside when you brighten someone else’s day.
When people are snobs. Snobs come in all different shapes, sizes, socioeconomic statuses and from every corner of the world. Snobs in the running community might be some of the very worst kind. It could be someone who qualified for a big time race, who might have gotten much faster over the years, or who is running longer distances that aren’t as popular. Running is a sport that should be surrounded by love and shared. It isn’t something that a single one of us owns. I think anyone who runs, walks, uses a wheelchair or a handcycle to accomplish a goal they set for themselves is pretty bad ass. None of us are more superior than their fellow runner or are too good for a specific distance. If you think you are, get a reality check and stop being an asshole.
“As runners, we each have a duty to accept the role as mentor to a slower runner or a new runner or someone who doesn’t think he or she can walk around the block, let alone finish a 5K. Remember, we’re not some members of a snooty, noses-in-the-air fraternity. We are runners! So let’s spread the message.” – Bart Yasso