Thursday, November 14, 2013

Really? Wow. Friends and runners - check this out.

So this was an interesting perspective on runners and running ...

WSJ : "OK, You're a Runner. Get Over It."

-- link to Chad Stafko - 'Wall Street Journal' article removed by Bryonman-- Link to Shut Up and Run article replaces.

I understand the loathing of Facebook. I understand and have written about self-centeredness and it's ugly cousin arrogance. Here's where I differ with the author. If the endurance junkies want to go out for a run they are inevitably going to be seen by someone during the process. It's not about a 'parade of one'. It's about the zen we get from the running experience. Darn right it is tough to run ... add in a little speed and it's a great affordable way to avoid a premature dirt nap. I literally could NOT care less about 26.2 or 13.1 stickers on my bumper.

Why do I do it? Fitness. Routine. Goal attainment. Pushing the limit. Moving the limit to a new level, then pushing it again. I am racing myself to improve myself - not to add bumper stickers or Ironman tattoos.

I don't care who is in line at Starbucks getting a Venti Caramel Frappuccino. Do I need to see FLIKR photos of your food at your fifth dining-out experience of the week? No. Do I judge? Only if I am judged first. Otherwise, I am either running, biking, swimming, lifting, walking AND having fun. I have to go now - my race t-shirts are ready to be taken out of the wash.


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