We all know that there are people out there in the running community that hate people like me.
You know who I am, the slow one...the one who calls myself a runner, when YOU are certain that I'm more of jogger or (gasp) a really really fast walker. Believe me, I know what you think about me, so there is really no need for you to talk about me behind my back. I know that you don't want me to be a part of YOUR running club, or shop at YOUR running store, or mingle with YOUR real running friends. I know you want me to stay off the forum, heck, you may even think I need to shut my "running" blog down. I've known about you for almost 3 years. Since I started this thing called running. And with the exception of the Pearl Izumi ad last year, I've never really worked myself up about what you think about me. I just don't have the time or the energy for it. I've been busy running.
But what I don't understand, and what has finally made me actually want to post about what YOU have to say about me behind my back, is that I cannot figure out why YOU even care what I do. I don't care what you do. Really, I like to watch you run and secretly hope that one day I'll wake up with superbionic legs that will enable me to run as fast as you, but other than that, I don't care. So, why do you care so much about what I do? Typically people only talk about other people behind their backs because they are jealous of them. But that doesn't seem to fit here, because I am certain that you aren't jealous that I can finish a 5k in more than 25 minutes...I am just sure of it.
So, I don't know why you'd care, but did YOU also stop to think that because of people like me, your races are better? Without me your favorite race wouldn't take in the kind of money it does, so your water stops are better, your medals and trophies are better, and that t-shirt, well it might actually be wicking material because so many people like me supported that race of yours. Remember that part of that money that you won for coming in first place came from my pocket too. But don't worry, I'm not mad that it went to you. YOU earned it fair and square.
That running club that we both belong too is better because of people like me too. I know you don't see it, but go ask that treasurer next time how much money the club took in for this or that. Find out who the members are and you'll see that there are more people like me supporting YOUR club, than there are people like YOU.
I just don't get it and I know I never will. I don't know YOU, but I am often told about how YOU hate to see people like me show up on Sunday or Tuesday or moderate a small piece of the forum. What do I know about running? I know what I've learned over the past 3 years from YOU and the other people like you. I know that it's really hard to start off as 30-year old never running before and trying to continually be motivated to do it. It doesn't come easy to me, or to YOU, or to the people that I target, who coincidentally are more people like me. You won't ever see me post anything about proven ways to get faster, or run longer, or run smarter. But, I will post about how to make your sunglasses not fog up, or how to motivate yourself on a grueling 26.2 miles, or how to ask the real experts for help on something.
Like I said, I don't know YOU. And honestly I don't want to know who YOU are. I have my suspicions, and chances are that YOU don't read my blog, or if YOU do, you certainly don't think I'm talking about you right now. But, like I said, I don't want to know who YOU are. I could go down the list of members of OUR little running club and find at least one good thing to say about everyone I've met. At least one. Maybe more. I'd have a much harder time finding something bad to say, and frankly that's not my style. So, I'll just continue on with my naive little journey that I call running and pretend like you all like me. It's easier that way.
By the way, remember that when YOU tell someone else something, mean or nice, it will always come back to the person that you said it about. Really. So next time YOU feel like talking about me, tell that person you are gossiping with how beautiful my engagement ring is, or how nice my hair looked yesterday, or better yet, tell them you can see how much progress I've made over the last few years in my running. I promise that the compliments will come back to you ten-fold.
By the way, because I really would like to hear YOUR feedback, I'm allowing comments from anyone (ie, took the block anonymous comments off).