weird will wrote:
Was at a Memorial Day race on Monday. A guy I knew in high school came up to me and said he was out watching his kids run (he was fat and obviously doesn't run anymore himself). He asked if I had kids out running. I said, no, I was there to run myself. The judgemental look was glaring from him. Like he was ashamed of me for still fooling around with running myself instead of raising kids.
It was weird. I'm weird. Running as an adult is weird.
Ha, ya, I'll agree that its weird. Not being overweight, on prescription drugs, and having no health problems as an adult is also weird. Not being out of breath hiking up a mountain is weird. Not going outside in the middle of the day summer and feeling like you're going to die from heat is weird. Running a 10k at State U age 32 while your preteen sons watch you beat every college runner is weird. It all feels good, but its weird man, not at all the norm.
I still remember back to hs xc practice where every year I'd beat guys I couldn't the year before. I'd come into the season having run 500, 600, 800 miles over the summer and my teammates would go "why would you run when you don't have to, that's weird."
If you want desperately to be perceived as normal, stop running and start lifting weights. Get fat. Try the keto diet. Pay for a year of crossfit that you only end up using for 3 months. Watch netflix for 4 hours after work while you wait for your 200 lb wife to get home so you guys can go eat at Red Lobster. I really don't give a crap. I like running and it helps me enjoy my life at very little cost to my health and wallet compared to all the other things I could be doing. If you want to be normal, doing things only the average person would do, thats on you.