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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Running and Negativity

Christina at Lazy Bones Running asked about The Running Bug today.

I've talked before about how I was never a runner, and how I decided to run mostly to add variety to my workouts, which included mostly aerobics and weight training videos. See more of my history.

What I found interesting, though, is what Christina had to say about friends and their approach to running:
I remember emailing a friend saying I had caught the running bug and the reply back was one of negativity and disapproval. How could someone like running? It’s hard on the knees. It’s boring. There were a number of people that expressed that sentiment. They obviously didn’t get it and were happy sitting on the couch of doom. Oddly enough now, the majority of those people are no longer in my circle of friendship and I now surround myself with other runners who understand the joy and importance of having caught the running bug.
I can relate to this. Don't get me wrong, the vast majority of my closest friends are totally embracing of my running. Many of them, even the non-runners, read the blog here. Nowadays, many of my friends are people that I've met through running, and those are the people that I probably see the most often. Interestingly, I've also reconnected with a few high school classmates with whom I was not at all close in high school, but who I speak to online regularly now because they run and I run (there are at least 3 people who used to be on the Cross Country team at my high school who now regularly post on my FB wall, even though we weren't close in HS).

However, when I first started, I did have a handful of friends who didn't understand. There were a few folks who insisted I'd get hurt, or who asked stupid questions like "What are you running from?," thinking they're funny.

So, to those who have supported me over the years, I just want to say "Thank you!" and that I love you guys. Those who were the most nasty in their comments about my running are no longer close to me, and I think I'm better off that way.

4 comments:

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

well said.

Marlene said...

Hi Kim! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment.

To answer your question, I don't have easy access to a track in the winter so I just run a usual route and track my intervals using the Garmin. I have to look down constantly, which is why I usually opt for longer intervals.

Great post, btw! I still have the occasional person make a negative comment about running, but like you I am mostly surrounded by those who support it. It's great!

Lacey said...

actually that is exactly how blogging is for me. almost all of my "real life" friends don't get it. luckily some of them are starting to (now that it is on facebook, lol). but it will probably remain slightly separate for me, and those who enjoy blogging/participating (blog friends1) are the ones i share it with, which is fine! lots of support in the blogworld, so as long as you have some support i think it is still enjoyable. all negative feedback tho is unbearable!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

Man of my friends still think I'm nutz for running so much, but they usually say it like they couldn't do "x,yz" and find it amazing I can...so they aren't really disapproving per say, they just can't relate

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