Monday, May 10, 2010

A Case of the Mondays

The following conversation took place in my office today between myself and a co-worker (actually one of the bosses around the joint).  I shall refer to the co-worker as "Asshat".


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.
Me:  ***stare***
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)
The list could go on and on...I could get annoyed, but I don't.  I just sit back and smile I might be a little chubby, but I am tough enough to go the distance.

I will step off my soap box now.  What are some of the annoying comments that you get from non-runners?

35 comments:

Carolina John said...

get annoyed! I sure would be. Bite that asshats' head off like it was a praying mantis. you rock.

Sarah said...

Wow...that is just awful! So sorry you have to actually work with her. I am a few pounds overweight and do not have a "runner's body". I also have people look me over when tell them I am a runner. It makes me mad, but I try my bext to ignore it. Usually the people doing it are lazy and innactive, so I tell myself that they are just jealous.

Al's CL Reviews said...
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Al's CL Reviews said...

How did you not hit her?

Um the "I can walk faster" is annoying!!!

"You run? No really! You run?"

"I only run if paid."

"I thought you were supposed to lose weight if you ran all that?"

"It seems everyone signs up for marathons (halfmarathons) these days."

"So how was your little race?" (referring to 13.1 miles)

Anonymous said...

ok, I had to de-lurk to comment on this. The greatest thing about our sport is that at least at road races Olympians line up with age groupers and with people pushing baby joggers and with people seeking lifetime personal bests and with people just hoping to finish. OK, the Olympians line up ahead of them usually but running is the ONLY sport where this happens. You will never see routine hockey games where pros play with leaguers or week-enders. Ditto soccer, ditto basketball etc. etc. etc. Running is (or could be) the great egalitarian spot. EVERYONE who lines up is a RUNNER. REGARDLESS of finishing time, REGARDLESS of shape, REGARDLESS of the coolness of their gear and people who don`t understand and appreciate that, frankly are JUST not worth the time. Our society is already incredibly divisive about petty things, it makes me sad that there would be such petty divisiveness within the running community.

Jamoosh said...

People like "Asshat" are the reason I never carry weapons...

Julie said...

Hi Carly,
So my question is...why did the coffee stay in your cup? Reading this pisses me off! You are right, runners come in different shapes and sizes! Being super skinny doesn't always make you fit and healthy!! What an asshat!

Erica said...

I think I would have hauled off and smacked her.....then I would have said "SORRY I was just testing my reflex's as they seem to lacking lately with my extra pounds!" geeezzz as a Hunky chunky Mom myself I Often get "oh you run? like everyday?" ummm yes I do thank you!

Lisa said...

Practice,eh? Wonder if coworked would mind if you practiced some kickboxing on her? hmmmm....

When it comes to non-runners, people mostly just tell me about how they "can't" run because of this and that and the other.

Of course, unless someone is injured or ill, when they say can't they usually mean "don't want to"

And you have to want it. :-)

Staci Dombroski said...

I do not know how I would have handled that situation!!!! You are a better person than me because I think there would have been some choice words and insults back. I hope you have a great day!!!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Okay, I've stopped laughing......... You need more practice. I'm sure you love those Pearl Izumi ads.

Jess said...

Like you said, there's no real "runner's body." I have seen people of all shapes and sizes pass me in races!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

I'm with Carolina John... you do rock. I've gotten the up and down glances too. UGH.

Pam said...

I personally love it when people ask you the day after a 30,000+ participant race... "So did you win?"

Yeah, asshat. I won. Watch for me in the olympics in 2012.

RockStarTri said...

I'm impressed. I would need much more "practice" to tolerate "uninformed" coworkers.

TooeleTwins said...

Hmmmm.... Asshat. I just ran a rainy 5-miler and then took my blood pressure. In spite of the extra pounds I'm carrying around, it's 99/59. Then I got ready for work in one of the stalls in the women's restroom since the company won't install a shower anywhere on campus.

How was your morning? Oh, how sad that you had to wait in your warm, dry car in the drive-thru latte line. Yes, we all have challenges to overcome.

Asshat......

Emz said...

YOU
are
my
hero.

Seriously, what an awesome post. I need to remember this "one of those people that only hears herself talk". So true. So wise.

Hurtful comments are just that. VERY hurtful but yay for you to use it as a motivating factor and letting it roll off your back. You are amazing.

Asshat? Asshole? Asswipe? It's all the same right?!

Kristin said...

What a jerk! You truly have great self control. I am lucky that no one I know demeans my running, though some ask about my knees...apparently lots of people can't run b/c of their knees! BTW I hate the Pearl Izumi ads.

lindsay said...

wowwwwwwwwww. you are incredible strong for not flipping out on her! ridiculous. i do not have the patience for things like this...

love anon's comment.

hate when i get asked "what place did you come in" (someone thought i came in 4th place in the boston marathon...riiiiiiiiiiight) and "how long was that marathon". but those aren't offensive i guess.

Tammy said...

I have a running friend who calls his training run "practice". Drives me crazy.

I also get the "Did you win?" question a lot. And the "How long was THIS marathon?"

I find it annoying when somebody says, "My friend so-and-so, who is a MARATHON runner, says blah blah blah." So, I must listen to so-and-so because HE runs marathons?

Ummm, I ran 2 marathons last year and have 2 on my schedule for this year. I guess that makes me your friend Tammy who is a marathon runner.

chris mcpeake said...

the comments say much more about the person making them then the person that they are directed at.
Keep plotting that revenge!

teacherwoman said...

Wow! I can't believe some of the things people say... Obviously, she has never run in her life. yikes.

Tricia said...

girl, you're a better person than I am :)

My favorite was when a DOCTOR told me I'm "large" for a runner. 5'8" and 152 pounds and suddenly I'm a giant. Clearly he only considers elite runners real "runners".

The other thing that made me laugh was when my hubby ran his 1/2 marathon, my granny said "tell him good luck and I hope he wins". I said, "Well, he won't win but thanks." And then she gave me a lecture about being more supportive and more positive. :)

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

One of the things I love best about racing is seeing all of the different people. Such a range of ages and sizes! From the "chubby" young girl to the skinny old man. I remember thinking at the start of the TC 10 mile last October "Wow! All of these people have been training just as hard as me!" So impressive! As for Asshat, apparently she has been "practicing" at being a jerk and, it sounds like, an airhead! Way to go for not throwing your coffee at her!

Anna said...

I hate that, and I feel it'll forever be a battle we're always fighting. but what the hell do we expect when they have these "weight categories" popping up in races - Clydesdales, athenas, etc.? Considering 150 lbs on a woman and 190 lbs on a man "heavy"? I weigh 130 and let me tell ya, the woman who won the "athena" category in one of the 5ks I ran this year beat my time by about 12 minutes. Obviously size does not matter. But I hear ya..it's annoying! I'm still curvy and feel like I'm the "fat runner" at most of my races.

Delane said...

SO I got an email from a friend asking if anyone wanted to start running with her.

"Pace….slow…between 10 to 11:30 minute miles. I can ramp up to 9 minutes if needed"

Um I run a fackin' 12 minute mile. So what the f am I?

Yeah I was pissed. And to be quite frank, my feeling were hurt.

Some people are just rude. I'm sure my friend didn't mean to me be, but she was.

SeeGirlRun said...

You should have said: "Why yes, Asshat. Most everyone can do some type of running. Why don't you join me sometime for an easy 5 miles at lunch? It's a great mood booster and it's good for your heart. And you might lose some weight, too!" What a thoughtless wench!

Bethany + Ryan said...

wow! thats a horrible thing to say! i hope you use it as fuel to run the marathon! you're gonna do great!! marathoners come in all shapes and sizes, people always thign of marathon runners as bean poles, maybe elites but thats about it. jeesh!

katiempls said...

I have a feeling I know exactly who asshat is! I can just picture this all happening so easily! well good for you for not letting her get to you too bad!

Jami said...

You have way more self control than I would have in that situation - WOW! Some people just don't think before they speak.

Xenia said...

And this is why I try not to tell too many people about my running. I definitely DO NOT have a runner's body (chubby chicks unite!) and I do not want to be on the receiving end of these inevitable comments. Because I do not have restraint like you do, my dear. I'd end up in jail faster than you can say "asshat". :)

Megan said...

Seriously? People are lame. I have a runners body. Well, legs. The rest of me is pulled along by my oversized legs. :)

momof3 said...

Nice. REeeeeeeal Nice. I don't have a runners body either, but with lots of "practice" i was able to finish the RIC marathon at a "just slightly faster than walking" pace. Congrats on hanging onto the hot coffee.

Cathy said...

Ilove the steely stare back at Asshat! Sadly, she just doesn't know how obnoxious she is! It's my first time visiting your blog - I love it!

Charbelle said...

Practice? "it must have been easier when you were younger and thinner". Ummm I seriously doubt I could have handled this one as well as you did.
I love your blog, just found it today. Happy Anniversary too by the way =)