I'm sure you've read this and if not, read it. It will take 3 minutes.
I didn't want to get defensive about it, because honestly, it's a terribly written opinion piece. But, I've been stewing over it, so here's a response.
Yup, I have a 26.2 sticker on my car. Is it to brag to other people that I've ran a marathon? Maybe. But, I also have a South Carolina Gamecocks sticker and license plate holder on my car, too. And I can assure you, I am certainly not bragging about that. It's more of a... "yeah, I'm a Carolina fan, feel sorry for me." The thing I enjoy most about the 26.2 sticker is that typically, only other runners know what the hell it means. If I really wanted to brag I'd have a sticker that says: I RAN A MARATHON. SUCK IT, MERE MORTAL.
You know what? I also run outside. Not because I want people to see me running, but because in a world where I spend 8-9 hours everyday at a desk in an office building it feels fucking fantastic to be out in nature. What a novel idea! I actually enjoy breathing in the fresh air and seeing the changing seasons. And yeah, some of my clothes have reflective strips on it. Uh. not because I want you see me OMGrunning, but because I don't want you to hit me with your fucking car.
And sure, there may be people who only run to show off, but at least they are doing something HEALTHY.
I guess the op-ed was supposed to be funny? And as a runner, of course I am biased, but I just don't see how runners....just running, wearing race shirts, and having a number sticker on their car are so offensive to non-runners?
Has this guy ever heard of Crossfit, Hot Yoga, Flywheel, etc...? They are merchandise cash cows. I make fun of crossfit ALL the time, but at the end of the day, I think it's great that people are going to their boxes and lifting tractor tires or whatever and strengthening their bodies. I really do. They are as passionate about their sport as I am about mine. I respect that.
I am proud to be a runner. I am proud that I choose day after day to lace up my running shoes and hit the pavement. Not because it makes me a better person than a non-runner, but because it makes me a better person, period. I am a happier and healthier person because I run.What a wonderful world we would live in if everyone had a hobby that made them happy, healthy, motivated and gave them a sense of pride and accomplishment in their life.
Yeah, those are all TERRIBLE things.
And in a world where a sedentary lifestyle has become the norm, I don't think criticism of any HEALTHY endeavor is funny or responsible. It just makes you sound like a whiny, insecure douche.