Asshat: I heard you were running a marathon.
Me: Yes, in October
Asshat: Wow, that is really incredible. How is the "practice" going (she used the term practice)
Me: Great. I don't OFFICALLY start for another couple of weeks.
Asshat: You must really like to run. How long have you been running?
Me: Yeah...I have been a runner most of my life.
Asshat: ***looking me over*** It must have been a lot easier when you were younger and thinner.
Asshat: Maybe doing this "practice" will slim you down a lot.
Me: ***stare and getting ready to throw hot coffee at her***
I am not offended and I didn't rip her head off because she is one of those people that only hears herself talk. It would have been a wasted breath on my part. On the other hand, it is nice because she is someone you can insult openly and it goes right over her head. I am just waiting for the next staff meeting to plot my revenge. Kidding of course and in her defense she said she could never in her wildest dream run a mile let alone a marathon.
Hearing this today and adding this to the snide comment I heard at the Get in Gear 5K about how just ANYBODY can call themselves runners these days kind of got my undies in a wad. I would just like to take a moment and get on my soap box to say, runners come in all shapes and sizes. If you are a runner, you will absolutely know that not everyone can run. I am sick of the following comments:
- I have a friend that is a REAL runner. You know....(implying that they are shaped like a runner or faster or run longer distances)
- You just don't have a runner's body (not many people do)
- I can WALK faster than that (referring to the slow but steady pace)
I will step off my soap box now. What are some of the annoying comments that you get from non-runners?