|I think you just can't handle that some people can do something you do without pouring everything they have into it.
You hate the fact that you train so hard every day, probably running 100 miles a week or more, gave up dating (mostly because no girl could handle your narcissism), put your career on hold and are probably only making a third of what most of us are making, just to run 2:20. And when some guy who didn't sacrifice all those things runs 2:50 and puts a 26.2 sticker on his car, it just makes your blood boil because most people don't know the difference between 2:20 and 2:50.
Get a life. You'll feel better.
Intelligent Design wrote:
Show me any evidence of truly good runners "thriving" off the fact that people don't understand the sport.
pointer outer of the obvious wrote:
Runners are excluders. We thrive off of knowing that other people can't understand our sport. But we get pissed when our sport gets no respect?!!?!
Are you sure that you have?
I used to be this way until I grew up.
And yet that hasn't really happened, despite the huge growth of marathon finishers in the US since the '80s. Why could that be? Maybe because not only is there no causation, there isn't even any correlation.
I ran in college although not super fast. (3:50/1:52/24:50) I used to think that everyone should worship runners because of how hard we worked. I used to sneer at guys running 5k's in 17:00 and 18:00 minutes. Then I grew up and now I coach. I realize that the more people you have involved in your sport the more they get how hard it actually is. I want joggers and people who are slow to try what we do and be proud of the fact that they completed something. Then, when they hear that I was finished when they were at the 5 mile mark, it makes them appreiciate [sic] the sport because I am not even an elite runner. This brings popularity to our sport and creates more opportunites [sic] for young runners.
Really? So why has the growth of the obese population paralleled the growth of marathon finishers? Maybe because our sport has nothing to do with "improving the health of our society?" Our sport is about competing, and even going to extremes to get an edge in competing. Gee, just like any other sport. Fitness running (or jogging) is separate from competitive running, why do people make the mistake of confusing them for being one and the same?
It just helps the sport in general. It's a step towards improving the health of our society.
So a KB jersey is equivalent to a 13.1 sticker? I don't see that analogy working at all, you'll need to do a better job explaining it.
So quit bashing people for taking pride in what they have accomplished just because you don't agree with the way they express it. It's no different than someone buying a Kobe Bryant jersey. Do you see NBA players ridiculing people who buy thier [sic] jerseys and wear them around with pride? WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!
Running as a sport isn't for everyone, I'm okay with defying this pussification-of-America inclusiveness BS. The NBA doesn't care about or need every slob playing Y league hoops to maintain its popularity, the NFL doesn't care about or need every slob playing rec. league flag football to maintain its popularity, the PGA doesn't care about or need every slob playing the local muni course regularly to maintain its popularity, etc. Just like the health of our nation is in no way dependent on the popularity of the sport of running, the health of the sport doesn't depend much at all on whether there are 100, 1000, or 10,000 finishers slower than 4:30 in a marathon. Especially when almost none of them know anything about the winners or the top of the sport.
Let's not turn people off to running!!!