I am super lucky to have so many supportive people cheering me on as I train for my first Boston Marathon. I have had a lot of great conversations with my non-runner friends. I have also had some really silly ones. Here are the most memorable ones. I bet a lot of you can relate.
- “Are you going to win?”-Um, no. I’m not going to be anywhere close to the winner. I get asked this one a lot, surprisingly. People will comment how I won (another previous, local race) so why not try to win at Boston. I’ll be trying, believe me, but it would take an act of god for me to win.
- “Are you afraid you’ll poop your pants?”-I can’t believe more than one person has asked me this. Is this what non-runners think marathon runners do? Run and poop their pants?
- “What is your fastest mile?”- I guess when someone isn’t a runner, maybe a mile seems like a long distance run to them? I have lots of people who will ask me what my fastest mile is, when talking about the marathon.
- “Aren’t marathon runners tall? Or Your legs are too short”-It surprises people when I tell them that most elite runners aren’t super tall. I think people imagine super skinny basketball players.
- “Have you heard about the guy who died (insert race here)”-This just isn’t nice. We have had an unlucky event or two in our local races and people want to tell me about it. That’s just mean.
- “Marathons are bad for your (knees, heart, health..)”-Ugh, not this again. I am sure that soda and chips you had for lunch and sedentary life style is a much healthier option.
- “I ran a 5k marathon once, how long is the Boston Marathon?”- This one usually makes me giggle. Many non-runners seem to think marathon is a catch all phrase for road races. One person thought I was joking when I said a marathon was 26.2, I still am not sure if she ever realized I was serious.
- “Don’t you get tired”-Well duh! I usally feel sick, and everything hurts. I can’t decide if I want to nap, shower, eat or vomit after I finish. I’m trying to figure out how to manage all four at once when I return to my hotel.
- “How far is the bike portion of the marathon”- Triathlons are pretty cool, but its an entirely different sport.
- Wanna race?- This is mostly my middle school students. I get asked almost daily if I am ready to race. It usually stops when track starts and they realize the tiny science teacher can run them all into the ground and call it a warm up. ha!
Hopefully, you were able to laugh at one or two of these. I know I did. What are some funny things people have said to you about running?